"We are pleased to provide our Air Force customers a state-of-the-art system that converts free-fall bombs
into precision-guided munitions," said Cynthia Sailar, vice president and general manager at Lockheed Martin in Archbald,
PA. The LGB's accuracy allows target destruction while reducing collateral damage and risks to U.S. and allied ground forces,
Sailar explained. "This award ensures the continued fielding of a system that provides increased survivability and lower risk
of collateral damage at an affordable cost," she added.
"I am pleased to see that the Air Force has issued an award in the value of $50 million for the procurement
of additional Laser Guided Bombs (LGBs)," said Sen. Rick Santorum (R-PA). "This procurement speaks volumes about the capable
and skilled industrial base we have in Pennsylvania. As a proponent of two suppliers for laser-guided weapons, I believe having
more than one supplier of this key munition will help keep acquisition costs down, while at the same time providing our military
with an essential tool for military operations."
"The Lockheed Martin team in Archbald provides our military with an outstanding product at a great price,"
said U.S. Rep. Don Sherwood (R-PA). "I am pleased that Lockheed Martin will continue to be a key supplier of LGB kits to the
Each guidance kit consists of a computer control group (CCG), which is the front-end guidance system, plus
an air foil group (AFG), which includes flight fins providing lift and stability. The CCG uses a semi-active laser seeker
and pneumatically-controlled guidance canards along with the AFG to direct munition to the target.
GBU-16 kits are used on 1,000-pound bombs, while GBU-10 and GBU-12 kits are used on 2,000- and 500-pound bombs,
respectively. Lockheed Martin kits can be used by all Air Force, Navy and international aircraft currently authorized to carry
and release LGBs. These kits have been used successfully in Operation Iraqi Freedom and the war against terrorism.
As a qualified supplier of LGBs, Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 25,000 kits to the Air Force, Navy
and international customers. The Lockheed Martin LGB can be upgraded from laser-terminal guidance to dual-mode guidance by
adding an all-weather global positioning system and inertial navigation system (GPS/INS) capability providing an affordable
alternative to single guidance-mode weapons.
Lockheed Martin's facility in Archbald was awarded the 2005 Shingo Prize for Manufacturing Excellence last
March. Referred to by BusinessWeek magazine as the "Nobel prize of manufacturing", the Shingo Prize for Excellence in Manufacturing
is awarded annually to companies that demonstrate world-class business results through the implementation of Lean Manufacturing
principles and practices. The prize is administered by The College of Business, Utah State University, in cooperation with
several nonprofit and corporate organizations. The Archbald facility was also nominated one of 25 finalists of North America's
Best Plant competition in the July issue of Industry Week magazine.
In addition to LGB kits and laser-guided training rounds, Lockheed Martin's facility in Archbald produces
specialized instrumentation and control systems, and manufacturing services such as state-of-the-art metal crafting and electro-mechanical
assemblies. The 350,000-square-foot facility, located in northeastern PA, designs, develops manufactures, tests and fields
products for the U.S. Department of Defense, allied nations and industrial customers.
Headquartered in Bethesda, MD, Lockheed Martin employs about 130,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged
in the research, design, development, manufacture and integration of advanced technology systems, products and services.
Lockheed Martin Press Release, Sep 19, 2005
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