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Bombs - Smart | Contracts - Awards | Lockheed Martin | USA

$50M to Lockheed for GBU-12 Bomb Kits

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F-16 Dropping a Paveway(click to enlarge) Lockheed Martin’s Shingo Prize winning Archbald, PA facility has received a contract valued at approximately $50 million to deliver GBU-12 laser-guided bomb (LGB) kits to the U.S. Air Force next year. The contract represents more than half of the U.S. Air Force’s requirements for the current fiscal year. The GBU-12 converts standard Mk 80 family free-fall bombs into “Paveway II” precision-guided munitions. Each guidance kit consists of a computer control group (CCG) guidance system that screws into the front-end of the bomb, plus an air foil group (AFG) for the back end that provides lift and stability. The CCG uses a semi-active laser seeker and pneumatically-controlled guidance canards, plus the AFG fins, to direct the bomb onto the target. GBU-12 Paveway II GBU-12 kits are used on 500-pound bombs, while GBU-16 kits are used on 1,000-pound bombs, and GBU-10 kits fit 2,000 lb. bombs. The Paveways can be upgraded from laser-terminal guidance to dual-mode guidance by adding an all-weather global positioning system and inertial navigation system (GPS/INS) capability providing an affordable alternative to single guidance-mode weapons. These weapons are known as “Enhanced Paveway” weapons, and both Paveway II and Paveway III kits can be […]

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