Paragon Dual Mode Laser-Guided Bbomb (DMLGB)
Lockheed Martin announced March 2, 2017 that its newest direct attack, Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb has been named Paragon. "The new brand Paragon exemplifies a model of excellence, and reflects the system's performance and capability," said Joe Serra, Precision Guided Systems director at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "The Paragon direct attack munition has demonstrated performance well within operational requirements and can be released farther from the target than other dual-mode or GPS-guided weapons."
Paragon leverages the reliability and affordability of Lockheed Martin's combat-proven LGB, integrating an inertial navigation system (INS)/GPS all-weather moving-target capability to deliver increased standoff, mission flexibility and reliable performance. "Our flexible streamlined manufacturing enables us to offer Paragon as an affordable solution to help stretch defense budgets," Serra said. "Greater capability at a more affordable price benefits our customer by increasing competition in performance-based acquisitions." The Lockheed Martin Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb (DMLGB) is in service with the U.S. Navy. DMLGB maintains the existing Lockheed Martin Laser Guided Bomb (LGB) infrastructure while upgrading the existing Computer Control Group (CCG) with an Inertial Navigation System/Global Positioning System (INS/GPS), resulting in a dual-mode guidance system that provides all-weather capability.
With the combination of the INS/GPS system, existing semi-active laser (SAL) seeker and anti-jam technology, the DMLGB minimizes collateral damage and improves mission effectiveness by providing precision strike capabilities in all-weather at extended standoff ranges. The DMLGB is effective against fixed, relocatable and moving targets. The DMLGB guidance kit is compatible with the MK 82 warhead and standard GBU-12 Airfoil Group (AFG).
Paragon direct attack munition provides greater mission flexibility by minimizing impact to existing logistics infrastructure and handling, being fully compatible with 500-lb, 1,000-lb and 2,000-lb warheads, and offering an enhanced launch acceptable region that increases standoff range and cross-range capability. By increasing the inventory of dual-mode weapons, Warfighters will experience greater operational relative utility to hold all potential target sets at risk on every sortie, in nearly every tactical environment.
MARCORSYSCOM Fire Support Systems funded study to investigate how to implement method in fielded and future systems in support of the future Joint Effects Targeting System (JETS). Paveway IV (a.k.a. ELGB) has the ability to have multiple target coordinates loaded on aircraft and for in-flight redirection. Paveway IV and Paveway III both include a high quality IMU coupled with GPS. Both can track for 10 seconds if laser lock is lost. Paveway IV was initially only a RAF effort, with fielding in 2007.
Methods to augment the navigation Kalman filter that exists in Paveway III and IV LGB’s that allows for accurate targeting and engagement in a GPS denied environment also reduces designation time. This allows for the weapon to account for target position uncertainties along with its own position uncertainty, thus optimizing designation time, and allows for the automation of laser designator operation.
In August 2014 Lockheed Martin’s Dual Mode Laser Guided Bomb (DMLGB) was successfully employed during recent U.S. Marine Corps weapons and tactics instructor training. During the training exercises at Marine Corps Air Station Yuma in Arizona, AV-8B Harrier aircrews released 19 GBU-12F/B DMLGB weapons. The weapons were released in tactically representative engagements, and used various targeting modes against fixed targets. All weapons performed successfully and met Marine Corps mission objectives.
Lockheed Martin’s DMLGB adds GPS/Inertial Navigation System (INS) guidance to standard laser-guided bomb weapons, allowing the U.S. Navy and Marine Corps to execute precision-strike missions against stationary and relocatable targets in all weather conditions. The DMLGBs can operate in laser mode only, GPS/INS mode only or dual mode to provide pilots with the flexibility to engage various target types in a single mission. In 2013, Lockheed Martin upgraded the DMLGB’s block II operational flight program software, improving overall weapon performance and effectiveness in all release modes.
In January 2009 Lockheed Martin's paveway II Dual Mode Laser-Guided Bomb (DMLGB) achieved the U.S. Navy's initial operational capability and is now preparing for operational employment. Lockheed Martin was competitively selected to develop DMLGB and is working under an Indefinite Delivery/Indefinite Quantity $260 million Navy contract to produce kits. The DMLGB combines laser-guided and inertial/GPS guidance to execute precision strike missions against stationary and mobile targets in all weather conditions. The kits can operate in laser only, inertial/GPS, or dual mode to provide pilots with the flexibility to engage various types of targets in a single mission.
Over 7,000 DMLGBs have been delivered to the U.S. Navy / Marine Corps and are employed on F/A-18 Hornets, Super Hornets and AV-8B Harrier. As the sole-source developer and provider of the DMLGB kits, Lockheed Martin upgraded more than 7,000 PavewayTM II LGB guidance kits with dual mode, all-weather capability. Additionally, the company has delivered more than 70,000 LGB kits and over 135,000 Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and 20 international customers.
|Warheads||MK82 (500 lb) MK-82, MK-83, MK-84, BLU-109|
|Carriage and Release||GBU-12F/B (Future: GBU-10, GBU-16)|
|Envelope Target Types||High priority fixed, relocatable and mobile targets|
|Guidance Methods||Semi-Active Laser (SAL) terminal guidance/|
GPS-aided inertial (all weather)
|Impact Accuracy||Laser: < 4m CEP|
|Aircraft Compatibility||F-35, F/A-18, F-16, F-15, AV-8B, A-10 and other domestic and international platforms|
|Fire Control Interface||Uses existing LGB weapon interface|
|Mission Planning||Uses similar LGB planning methods and tools|
|Weapons Logistics (storage, handling, assembly, test)||Maximizes compatibility with LGB logistics.|
Exceptions: TTU-373/MRTS replaced by CMBRE/ADU-892; BIT added.
Lot 1 (UK)
Lot 4 (UK)
|Weight||2101 lb||1110 lb||627 lb||1228 lb||680 lb|
|Length||170 in||145 in||131 in||136 in||131 in|
|Airfoil Group||MXU-651/B||MXU-667/B||MXU-650/B||MXU-651/B|| MXU-650/B |
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