The US Air Force (USAF) has contracted Lockheed Martin to continue producing Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) kits.

The follow-on Paveway II Plus LGB kits production contract is valued at $131m.

The contract is the ninth consecutive year the company has been selected to provide a majority share of LGB kits in the annual competition.

Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Precision Guided Systems director Joe Serra said: “The US Air Force and its foreign military sales partners realise significant savings in their defence budgets with our affordable and combat-proven LGBs.

“This innovative and cost-effective guidance package supports greater precision for warfighters.”

“This innovative and cost-effective guidance package supports greater precision for warfighters.”

Production of the guidance kits and air foil groups (AFGs) for GBU-10 (2,000lb) and GBU-12 (500lb) LGBs is expected to begin in the first quarter of 2018.

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The AFG includes extending wings to provide lift and stability, Lockheed stated.

The Paveway II Plus includes an advanced guidance system that converts conventional gravity bombs into precision-guided munitions.

The guidance package inside the MAU-209C/B computer control group (CCG) ensures more bombs on target.

The weapon is guided by a semi-active laser seeker and pneumatically controlled canards and can be used on USAF, US Navy and international aircraft authorised to carry and release LGBs.

Lockheed Martin has been a qualified supplier of Paveway II LGB kits since 2001 and has delivered more than 100,000 kits to customers.