Lockheed to Provide GPS Retrofit for 5,100 Laser Guided Bombs

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(click to view full) Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Archbald, PA won a $65.5 million firm-fixed-price contract for qualification testing and retrofit of 5,100 Paveway II laser-guided bombs to add GPS/Inertial Navigation System guidance and required support equipment under the Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb Program. The contract calls for a 2006 procurement worth $65 million and a five-year procurement with a potential value of $266 million. The DMLGB is a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS)-based retrofit solution to the US Navy’s current Paveway II inventory… Harrier at Kandahar(with Paveway bombs) The program will upgrade the Navy’s inventory of Paveway II kits by replacing an existing Computer Control Group (CCG) system with an Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System (INS/GPS). The result is a dual-mode all-weather guidance system that works through clouds and other obstacles, providing “fire and forget” capabilities, while still preserving the option of improve accuracy further by homing in on laser designation from aircraft, UAVs, helicopters, or soldiers on the ground in its final phase. Lockheed Martin has been one of the top qualified sources to produce the Paveway II kits for the Navy and the Air Force with its Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) and Laser Guided Training Round (LGTR) […]

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