Lockheed Martin and the US Navy conducted a series of successful flight tests at
the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake, California, successfully releasing
four GBU-12 (500-lb class) Paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bombs (DMLGB) from
a single F/A-18 aircraft.
These successful tests achieved complex pilot-coordinated maneuvers and the
GPS/INS guidance tests used pre-programmed coordinates and the aircraft's
existing targeting pod to hit the intended targets.
Complex aircraft maneuvers were performed to demonstrate the weapon's capability
in various tactical scenarios. GPS/INS guided flight was demonstrated using both
pre-programmed target coordinates and coordinates obtained by using the existing
Test results demonstrated multiple DMLGB weapons released against one target and
the capability to simultaneously track a second target using laser designation.
The pilot also successfully demonstrated the ability to retarget the DMLGB by
reprogramming the coordinates in the weapon prior to release, which will be
effective in tracking re-locatable targets.
During an urban environment operations test, the weapon was able to demonstrate
critical turning maneuvers towards the intended target using GPS-aided INS
guidance, successfully impacting the designated target and demonstrating its
capability to minimize collateral damage.
In November 2005, the US Navy selected Lockheed Martin to develop, qualify and
produce the Paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb kits, the next-generation
precision-guided weapon system. The contract calls for a 2006 procurement worth
$65 million and a five-year procurement with a potential value of $266 million.
The program calls for upgrades to the Navy's inventory of legacy Paveway II kits
by replacing an existing Computer Control Group (CCG) system with an Inertial
Navigation System/Global Positioning System (INS/GPS), an all-weather guidance
system that provides dual-mode guidance capability.
The DMLGB minimizes collateral damage and improves mission effectiveness by
providing precision strike capabilities in all weather at extended standoff
ranges. The DMLGB is a Commercial-Off-The-Shelf (COTS)-based retrofit solution
to the Navy's current Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) inventory, easily
converting the legacy LGBs to the dual mode configuration using common
The DMLGB kits are designed and manufactured at Lockheed Martin Missiles and
Fire Control in Archbald, Pennsylvania, where the LGB kits, Laser Guided
Training Round (LGTR), specialized instrumentation and control systems and
manufacturing services -- such as state-of-the-art metal crafting and
electro-mechanical assemblies -- are produced for the US Air Force, US Navy and
several international customers.
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