RCAF selects Lockheed Martin for enhanced laser guided training rounds
Both the U.S. Navy and Royal Canadian Air Force have turned to Lockheed Martin for Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTR).
Earlier this week the company announced contracts with both forces totalling $34.3 million for the production of ELGTR.
The $12.5 RCAF deal is a four-year fixed-price direct commercial contract that includes two options to extend production deliveries into 2020. The $21.8 million U.S. Navy deal is a follow-on contract that will see Lockheed Martin provide ELGTRs, logistics support and associated technical data into 2017.
“ELGTR ensures U.S. and allied warfighters remain trained at peak combat proficiency,” said Joe Serra, precision guided systems manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “We deliver the most cost-effective and capable direct-attack training solutions with the greatest level of mission flexibility for the warfighter.”
At a time when training budgets are being affected by cuts to defence budgets, ELGTR “imitates characteristics of Paveway II laser-guided weapon systems, providing affordable, high-performance aircrew training while preserving tactical laser-guided bomb (LGB) inventory,” the company said.