Successful Flight Evaluations Mark First Time Lockheed Martin’s ELGTR Releases from U.S. Air National Guard F-16
ARCHBALD, Pa., July 26, 2016 – A U.S. Air National Guard (ANG) unit successfully released eight Lockheed Martin (NYSE: LMT) Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTR) during recent flight evaluations at the Barry M. Goldwater Ranges near Gila Bend, Arizona. These flight evaluations marked the first time an ANG unit has flown the training round and completes the evaluation of ELGTR on their F-16C/D Block 40/42 aircraft.
ELGTR replicates the key performance and laser engagement requirements of Paveway II™ Laser Guided Bombs (LGB). While meeting all flight evaluation objectives, ELGTR’s high reliability and accuracy were demonstrated while being flown under various mission conditions. During these evaluations, ELGTR’s accuracy was within 3 meters.
“ELGTR is already in use on several allies’ F-16s, and allows pilots to train without expending tactical inventory, thereby reducing training costs,” said Joe Serra, precision guided systems director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Adding ELGTR to the ANG’s training program gives them a cost-effective and flexible capability for providing operational instruction of Paveway II LGB employment.”
Recognized worldwide as the only live-fire LGB training solution for warfighters, the ELGTR (BDU-59B/B) is compatible with F/A-18, AV-8B, F-16 and various international aircraft.
In addition to ELGTR, Lockheed Martin's 350,000-square-foot production facility in Archbald, Pennsylvania, designs and manufactures combat-proven Paveway II Plus LGB kits. The company has delivered more than 150,000 laser guided training rounds, 75,000 LGB kits and 7,000 Dual Mode LGB kits to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and 23 international customers.
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