Lockheed Martin laser guided bomb successfully employed in exercises
The exercises took place over the course of two days at the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center in Fallon, Nevada. Four missions run by F/A-18C/D Hornets and F/A-18E/F Super Hornets jets released GBU-12F/B bombs fitted with the upgraded paveway II DMLGB guidance kits. The bombs were used against fixed targets and showed success for all mission criteria.
"We worked closely with our U.S. Navy and Marine Corps customers to develop the Block II Operational Flight Program software upgrade to the paveway II DMLGB guidance kits," Joe Serra, the precision guided systems manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said. "Delivered to the fleet earlier this year, the enhanced fire-and-forget technology of our DMLGB kits provides naval warfighters with a mature and highly maneuverable all-weather direct-attack capability."
The paveway II DMLGB allow GPS/Inertial Navigation System guidance to function in standard laser-guided paveway II weapons. With these weapons, the U.S. Navy can perform precision-strike mission against both stationary and relocatable targets in all weather conditions.
"The same company-wide discipline that provides customers with affordable single-mode LGB targeting capability is applied to our current and future dual-mode weapons to provide U.S. and international customers with the most affordable and reliable precision capability," Serra said.