Lockheed Martin has delivered its 100,000th Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) in support of enhancing U.S. and allies’ munitions worldwide.
“Our high capacity production facility and streamlined manufacturing processes enable us to deliver the most cost-effective Paveway II Plus LGB guidance kits to meet the growing demand of global customers,” said Joe Serra, precision guided systems director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Sixteen nations and the U.S. Air Force now use our combat-proven LGB kits as a critical component of their defense strategy.”
Lockheed Martin is a qualified supplier of Paveway II LGB kits since 2001and continues to expand its production capabilities to improve efficiency, and, as a result, has driven down average unit prices by 45 percent. In the last eight annual competitions, the U.S. Air Force and its foreign military sale partners have selected Lockheed Martin to provide the majority of their LGB kits.
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 (2,000-lb./500-lb./1,000-lb.) configurations, Paveway II Plus is cleared for use on U.S. Air Force, U.S. Navy and international aircraft authorized to carry and release LGBs.
About GBU-12 Paveway II:
GBU-12 Paveway II is an American aerial laser-guided bomb, based on the Mk 82 500-pound general-purpose bomb, but with the addition of a nose-mounted laser seeker and fins for guidance.
A member of the Paveway series of weapons, Paveway II entered into service c. 1976.
It is currently in service with the Royal Australian Air Force, Royal Saudi Air Force, U.S. Air Force, US Navy, US Marine Corps, Royal Canadian Air Force, Colombian Air Force, Swedish Air Force, and various NATO air forces.