NATO to receive Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds

A follow-on agreement to supply Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds, or ELGTRs, to NATO countries has been signed by Lockheed Martin.

Lockheed Martin's Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds allow for realistic training as by mimicking Paveway-equipped bombs. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin
Lockheed Martin’s Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds allow for realistic training as by mimicking Paveway-equipped bombs. Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin

The agreement with the North Atlantic Treaty Organization Support and Procurement Agency is for five years beginning in 2021 and covers the purchase of as many as 3,000 ELGTRs a year, Lockheed announced on Tuesday.

“Lockheed Martin values our partnership with NSPA to provide NATO member countries with realistic live-fire training for employment of Paveway II Laser Guided Bombs,” Jason Golden, ELGTR program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said in a press release. “International and domestic air and ground crews benefit from this cost-effective and capable solution to refine operational employment tactics.”

Lockheed Martin has to date produced more than 160,000 ELGTR advanced training rounds for the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps and international customers.

The ELGTRs will be produced a Lockheed’s facility in Archbald, Penn., which also manufactures Paveway II Plus Laser Guided Bomb and the Paragon direct attack munition.

The Enhanced Laser Guided Training Rounds provide realistic Paveway II Laser Guided Bomb tactical employment training for GBU-10/12/16 weapons.

By Richard Tomkins