ARCHIBALD, Pa., July 7 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin said Tuesday that it recently delivered to the U.S. Navy the 100,000th Paveway II training round as part of a 5-year production contract.
The Enhanced Laser Guided Training Round is compatible with F/A-18s, AV-8B and other international aircraft for cost-effective training while preserving the tactical inventories of Paveway II laser-guided bombs.
"For two decades, the U.S. Navy/Lockheed Martin team has fully embraced the concept of continuous product improvement, providing the highest fidelity, cost effective live-drop trainer to the warfighter," said Joe Serra, senior manager for Precision Guided Systems at Lockheed Martin's Missiles and Fire Control.
"Upon reaching this milestone, ELGTR users have realized combined savings in excess of $1.3 billion when compared to training with Paveway II tactical weapons."
The company said the ELSTR emulates the Paveway II's release envelope, flight characteristics and accuracy to allow air crews to practice delivery tactics in a real-mission environment and experience actual weapons characteristics.