The NATO Support and Procurement Agency (NSPA) has signed a five-year agreement with Lockheed Martin enabling the agency to procure Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds (ELGTRs) on behalf of NATO member countries.
ELGTR emulates the employment characteristics of Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs (LGBs) and is designed to provide realistic tactical employment training for GBU-10/12/16 as a low-cost alternative to expending operational LGB assets.
The agreement, signed on 10 November, runs through to 2021. “NATO member countries, together, can purchase up to 3,000 units per year at a value we are not at liberty to share. 11 US allied countries have incorporated ELGTR into their respective Paveway II LGB training programmes and are benefitting from the affordable training ELGTR provides, while preserving tactical LGB inventory,” Jason Golden, ELGTR programme manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, told Jane’s .
The NSPA – the procurement agency and central contracting office for NATO support –has already signed two previous five-year ELGTR procurement agreements with Lockheed Martin, in 2008 and 2012 respectively. The NATO user countries, quantity of ELGTRs acquired by each, and the ELGTR price are not disclosed.
“This basic ordering agreement provides excellent pricing for any NATO country that is in the market for ELGTRs. When ordering ELGTRs, NATO countries/end-users provide their required quantities and requested ship dates based on their training needs. NSPA consolidates all requests into an annual order to capitalise on the best available price through the volume order,” Golden noted.
Equipped with semi-active laser guidance and pneumatically actuated (nitrogen) controls, the ELGTR weighs 40.4 kg (89 lb), is 190.5 cm (75 in) in length, 10.2 cm (4 in) in diameter, and has a shelf life of three and a half years. In 2006, Lockheed Martin enhanced the legacy LGTR to “improve its performance against challenging airborne-designated tactical target engagements”.
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