Lockheed Martin has been awarded a $33 M contract to deliver paveway II Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) GBU-12 kits to the Air Force. Delivery to the US Air Force is scheduled to begin in the first quarter of 2008.

This contract reflects the US Air Force’s continuous need for paveway II LGBs and highlights Lockheed Martin’s commitment to delivering the most cost-effective precision-guided weapon system. “Lockheed Martin’s paveway II Laser Guided Bombs set the benchmark for affordability in the precision guided weapon market,” said Daniel Heller, general manager of Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control in Archbald, PA. “The ongoing split-share competition supports the critical industrial base while maintaining the value we brought to the paveway acquisition process. By providing the entire family of paveway II Laser Guided Bombs, Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb tactical weapons and live-fire trainers, our products are addressing the warfighters’ need for mission readiness and precision engagement.”

Lockheed Martin is qualified to produce and support all three variants of the paveway II MK-80 series LGBs and has delivered more than 40,000 kits to the Air Force, US Navy and international customers. GBU-12 kits are used on 500-pound bombs, while GBU-16 kits are used on 2000- and 1000-pound bombs, respectively. Lockheed Martin kits can be used by all Air Force, Navy and international aircraft currently authorized to carry and release LGBs. These kits have been used successfully in operation Iraqi Freedom and the global war against terrorism.