ARCHBALD, Pa., Nov. 24 -- Hill Air Force Base (AFB), in Ogden, Utah, awarded Lockheed Martin a $56 million contract to produce Paveway II laser-guided bomb (LGB) kits for the US Air Force and $53 million to provide them for the US Navy. The award is in addition to a $106.6 million contract Lockheed Martin received from the Air Force in February.
All of the Air Force kits will be GBU-12s; the Navy order includes both GBU-12s and GBU-16s. Paveway II GBU-12 kits are used on 500-pound bombs, while GBU-16 kits are used on 1000-pound bombs.
"This important weapons system was used extensively in Operation Iraqi Freedom," said Maj. Jose Delarosa, Paveway II program manager at Hill AFB.
The kits improve the accuracy of gravity weapons -- often referred to as "dumb bombs."
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