The US Air Force (USAF), on behalf of the US Navy (USN), awarded Lockheed Martin a $22.8 million contract to produce PAVEWAY II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) kits. The award includes guidance kits and air foil groups (tail kits) for GBU-12 (500lbs) configuration LGBs, slated for delivery by fourth quarter 2019.

The contract is a follow-on to the USAF's $131 million fiscal year 2017 LGB award (story here). In that competition, Lockheed Martin secured the ninth consecutive majority share of available funding in the annual USAF competition.

"PAVEWAY II Plus LGBs from Lockheed Martin meet the USN's warfighting needs in today's challenging operational environment," Joe Serra, Precision Guided Systems Director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, explained. "We are proud to be able to meet the increased demand at a delivery rate that enables successful naval aviation operations across the globe."

PAVEWAY II Plus includes an enhanced guidance package that improves accuracy over legacy LGBs. Lockheed Martin has been a qualified supplier of PAVEWAY II LGB kits since 2001, and has delivered more than 100,000 kits to customers. PAVEWAY II Plus includes an enhanced guidance package that improves accuracy over legacy LGBs. Qualified for full and unrestricted operational employment in GBU-10, -12 and -16 (1,000lbs) configurations, PAVEWAY II Plus is cleared for use on SAUF, US Navy and international aircraft authorised to carry and release LGBs. In addition to the PAVEWAY II Plus LGB, Lockheed Martin's 350,000-square-foot production facility in Archbald, PA/USA, is a provider of the Enhanced Laser Guided Training Round and PARAGON direct attack munition. Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 160,000 training rounds and 7,000 dual-mode LGB kits to the USN, Marine Corps, USAF and 24 international customers.



Sailors onboard amphibious assault ship USS AMERICA (LHA 6) prepare to equip USMC F-35B LIGHTNING II with 500lbs GBU-12 PAVEWAY II Plus Laser Guided Bombs during F-35B flight test operations in the Pacific Ocean. (Photo: US Navy/Petty Officer 3rd Class Kyle Goldberg)

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