ARCHBALD, Pa., Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The U.S. Navy has given Lockheed Martin a $15.6 million contract for Paveway II enhanced laser-guided training rounds.
The award is for the first year of a planned three-year procurement that will maintain continuous production on the ELGTR, with work under this contract beginning in the third quarter of 2011 at Lockheed Martin's facility in Archbald, Pa.
The ELGTR emulates the release envelope, flight characteristics and accuracy of Paveway II laser-guided weapons. Live-fire training permits aircrews to practice delivery tactics in a real-mission environment and experience actual weapon characteristics within today's range limitations.
"The Lockheed Martin team is focused on providing the most accurate and affordable precision engagement training munitions to our customers," said Joe Serra, senior manager for Precision Guided Systems at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Our team is committed to continue to provide the warfighter with the only live-fire Paveway II training solution."
Lockheed earlier this year delivered delivery of the 100,000th ELGTR made for the Navy and international customers since production began in 1992.
The ELGTR is compatible with F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16 and multiple international aircraft.