New Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb completes flight test

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Inaugural testing of Lockheed Martin’s new Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb has been successful . Two 500-pound Mk-82 inert warheads were fitted with Dual Mode Plus guidance kits and released from an F/A-18 Super Hornet at the Naval Air Ware Center Weapons Division in California. The company claims the kits provide benefits to the reliability and affordability of the Paveway II Plus laser-guided bomb system while integrating the GPS/INS, all-weather moving target capability.

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Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb(DMLGB)

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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.

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The DMLGB guidance kit is compatible with the MK 82 warhead and standard GBU-12 Airfoil Group (AFG). 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. Source lockheedmartin.com

GBU-12 Paveway II MK 82

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Specifications
Weight 230 kg (510 lb)
Length 3.27 m (10.7 ft)
Diameter 273 mm (10.7 in)

Specification source wikipedia.org

DUAL MODE LASER GUIDED BOMB PDF: Here

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Lockheed’s new Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb completes flight tests

The successful tests demonstrated new linear optics, GPS and control actuation system.

By Geoff Ziezulewicz   |   Aug. 8, 2016 at 12:23 PM

ARCHBALD, Pa., Aug. 8 (UPI) — Lockheed Martin’s new Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb has successfully completed two recent flight tests, the company announced Monday.

The tests took place at the Naval Air Ware Center Weapons Division in California,Lockheed said in a statement.

They demonstrated operation of the bomb’s new linear optics, GPS/Inertial Navigation System guidance subsystem and the control actuation system.

Released from an F/A-18 Super Hornet, the two 500-pound Mk-82 inert warheads were fitted with Dual Mode Plus guidance kits and hit fixed targets within operational performance requirements.

Dual Mode Plus takes the reliability and affordability of the Paveway II Plus laser-guided bomb system while integrating the GPS/INS, all-weather moving target capability, Lockheed said.

The system is effective against fixed, relocatable and moving targets.

It maintain’s Paveway II’s physical dimensions and integrates with aircraft employing Paveway II laser-guided bombs or similar direct attack weapons using conventional MIL-STD-1760/1553 or Universal Armament interfaces.

Original post upi.com

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