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Jan. 29, 2014 at 1:52 PM
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ARCHBALD, Pa., Jan. 29 (UPI) -- A follow-on order for paveway II Plus laser guided bomb kits has been given to Lockheed Martin by the U.S. Air Force.

The award is worth $31.1 million and includes deliveries of computer control groups and air foil groups for GBU-10 and GBU-12 bombs.

Lockheed Martin said its paveway II Plus LGB uses an enhanced laser guidance package, which significantly improves targeting precision when compared to existing paveway II LGBs.

"Lockheed Martin's paveway II Plus LGBs deliver superior capability at the best value to the warfighter," said Joe Serra, precision guided systems manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The contract represents the seventh U.S. Air Force paveway II Plus award and extends production at our Archbald, Pa., facility through the end of 2014."

Paveway, when attached to a free-fall bomb, turns the bomb into a precision-guided weapon.

The new kit consists of a MAU-209C/B computer control group containing the electronic guidance system and an airfoil group to provide lift and stability to the weapons in standard GBU-10 MK-84 (2,000-pound), GBU-12 MK-82 (500-pound) and GBU-16 MK-83 (1,000-pound) series configurations.

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