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.
Dual Mode Plus laser-guided bomb(DMLGB)
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). 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
|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