Lockheed Martin's paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb Successfully Employed In Navy Exercises

Lockheed Martin's paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb Successfully Employed
                              In Navy Exercises

PR Newswire

ARCHBALD, Pa., Sept. 4, 2013

ARCHBALD, Pa., Sept. 4, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Lockheed Martin's [NYSE: LMT]
paveway II Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb (DMLGB) was successfully employed in
recent U.S. Navy Tactics Development exercises at the Naval Strike and Air
Warfare Center in Fallon, Nev.

During four missions over a two-day period, F/A-18C/D Hornets and F/A-18E/F
Super Hornets released 36 GBU-12F/B bombs fitted with recently upgraded
paveway II DMLGB guidance kits. The weapons were used in tactically
representative engagements against fixed targets and met all mission success
criteria, demonstrating the increased operational utility of the enhancements.

By adding the GPS/Inertial Navigation System (INS) guidance to standard
laser-guided paveway II weapons, the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps can execute
precision-strike missions against stationary and relocatable targets in all
weather conditions. The kits can operate in laser mode only, INS/GPS mode only
or dual mode to provide pilots with the flexibility to engage various types of
targets in a single mission. The most recent paveway II DMLGB upgrade to Block
II Operational Flight Program software improves overall weapon performance and
effectiveness in all three release modes.

"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," said Joe Serra, precision guided systems manager at
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "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."

Aircrews from the Naval Strike and Air Warfare Center, along with Air Test and
Evaluation Squadron Nine (VX-9) "Vampires" from Naval Air Weapons Station in
China Lake, Calif., participated in the exercises.

"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," said Serra.

Lockheed Martin has upgraded more than 7,000 paveway II LGB guidance kits with
dual mode, all-weather capability for the U.S. Navy. Additionally, the company
has delivered more than 65,000 LGB kits and over 125,000 Enhanced Laser Guided
Training Rounds to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and international
customers. Lockheed Martin is the sole-source developer and provider of the
paveway II DMLGB kits to the U.S. Navy and U.S. Marine Corps.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control is a 2012 recipient of the U.S.
Department of Commerce's Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award for
performance excellence. The Malcolm Baldrige Award represents the highest
honor that can be awarded to American companies for achievement in leadership,
strategic planning, customer relations, measurement, analysis, workforce
excellence, operations and business results.

Headquartered in Bethesda, Md., Lockheed Martin is a global security and
aerospace company that employs about 116,000 people worldwide and is
principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture,
integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and
services. The Corporation's net sales for 2012 were $47.2 billion.

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http://www.lockheedmartin.com

SOURCE Lockheed Martin

Website: http://www.lockheedmartin.com
Contact: Melissa Hilliard, 407-356-5351; melissa.hilliard@lmco.com
 
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