USAF signs $131 million contract for additional laser guided bomb kits

ARCHBALD, Pa. Lockheed Martin has signed a $131 million contract with the U.S. Air Force for follow-on production of Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) kits. The most recent contract represents the ninth consecutive year in which the U.S. Air Force selected Lockheed Martin to provide most of the LGB kits in the annual competition.

The Paveway II Plus kit includes an enhanced guidance package that officials says improves accuracy over legacy LGBs. Paveway II Plus -- cleared for use on U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy, and international aircraft authorized to carry and release LGBs -- is qualified for full and unrestricted operational employment in GBU-10, -12, and -16 (1,000-pound) configurations.

The company says that production of the guidance kits and air foil groups for GBU-10 (2,000-pound) and GBU-12 (500-pound) LGBs will begin in the first quarter of 2018.

An F-15E Strike Eagle flies with a Lockheed Martin Paveway II Plus GBU-12 (500-lb) LGB (left) in flight exercises. (Photo credit: U.S. Air Force)

Topics covered in this article