Lockheed Martin bags deal to supply laser-guided bombs to IAF

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  1. Vishwarupa

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    US defence major Lockheed Martin has bagged a deal expected to be worth over Rs 100 crore for supplying laser-guided bombs (LGBs) for the Jaguar fighter aircraft fleet in the Indian Air Force (IAF).

    The IAF plans to induct more than 100 bunker-buster LGBs for its Jaguar warplanes to destroy strongly fortified enemy targets.

    "We have emerged as the lowest bidders in the deal for supplying LGBs to the IAF. We have offered our Paveway II LGBs for the Jaguars and contract negotiations are on in this direction," Lockheed Martin India head Roger Rose told PTI here.

    The IAF had issued a global Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purpose last year, and Lockheed Martin along with Raytheon and an Israeli missile manufacturer had taken part in the tender.

    With their capability to pierce hard surfaces, the LGBs can also be used to destroy enemy's concrete runways and fortified locations.

    LGBs are guided projectiles that use lasers to strike a designated target with greater accuracy than a gravity bomb and were used with high accuracy by the IAF against Pakistani Army posts during the Kargil war in 1999.

    Around the same time, the US had supplied some Paveway bombs to India which could be launched from the Jaguar and Mirage 2000 planes for accurately striking enemy targets.

    The earlier lot of the American bombs to the IAF was supplied by Raytheon


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    Lockheed bags deal to supply laser-guided bombs to IAF.

    Lockheed bags deal to supply laser-guided bombs to IAF.
    Press Trust of India

    New Delhi: US defence major Lockheed Martin has bagged a deal expected to be worth over Rs 100 crore for supplying laser-guided bombs (LGBs) for the Jaguar fighter aircraft fleet in the Indian Air Force (IAF).

    The IAF plans to induct more than 100 bunker-buster LGBs for its Jaguar warplanes to destroy strongly fortified enemy targets.

    "We have emerged as the lowest bidders in the deal for supplying LGBs to the IAF. We have offered our Paveway II LGBs for the Jaguars and contract negotiations are on in this direction," Lockheed Martin India head Roger Rose said.
    Lockheed bags deal to supply laser-guided bombs to IAF

    The IAF had issued a global Request for Proposal (RFP) for the purpose last year, and Lockheed Martin along with Raytheon and an Israeli missile manufacturer had taken part in the tender.

    With their capability to pierce hard surfaces, the LGBs can also be used to destroy enemy's concrete runways and fortified locations.

    LGBs are guided projectiles that use lasers to strike a designated target with greater accuracy than a gravity bomb and were used with high accuracy by the IAF against Pakistani Army posts during the Kargil war in 1999.

    Around the same time, the US had supplied some Paveway bombs to India which could be launched from the Jaguar and Mirage 2000 planes for accurately striking enemy targets.

    The earlier lot of the American bombs to the IAF was supplied by Raytheon.

    Lockheed bags deal to supply laser-guided bombs to IAF - India News - IBNLive
     
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    yes they did, good news
     
  5. Immanuel

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    Most like the Paveyway 2 DMLGB or the Paveway 2 +, either way nice kit, think we should order more, wonder how many unit they going to buy.
     
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    I thought we where makeing laser guided bombs by ourself?
     
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    we are converting older gravity bombs into lgb with the help of sudarshan kit. that kit just converts unguided bombs into guided bombs. but the lgb provided by the usa are specifically for bursting bunkers and destroying fortified structures
     
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    No. Both are the same. Both are kits that can be attached to any bomb it is designed for.

    Paveway IIs are mainly attached to Mk 82 bombs(250Kg), which the Jaguar arsenal has plenty of. The US designation for this is the GBU-12. A much higher capacity bomb, at 500Kg, is called GBU-16.

    Simply because we are making one does not mean it is better than what's already available.
     
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    im not saying that we are making the best thing.. since more than 98% of iaf ammo is unguided bombs its necesary to convert them into some good guided bombs, sudarhsan kit is good and cheap option. while the task-specific kits are being procured from outside like in this case the lockheed kit
     
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    That line wasn't for you. It was in reply to GK.
     
  11. Sancho

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    AFAIK IAF so far used only 500Kg LGBs, be it Paveway, Grifin or Sudarshan and even the Russian KAB series is mainly in that class. The Mirage upgrade and the selection of Rafale will bring smaller versions I guess. But since this procurement is for bunker busters, we should be talking about 1000Kg BLU bombs.
    The Mirage upgrade will also replace the older French 1000Kg LGBs with either a similar class AASM or the Israeli SPICE, both are competing each other currently and will give IAF good stand off strike capability as well. Not to forget that there is also a possible competition for cruise / stand off missiles and with the Mirage upgrade and Rafale selection, Scalp should be a very likely addition too.
     
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    The ones dropped in Kargil were all Mk82 bombs. 250Kg.

    We have access to Russia's 1500Kg bombs, so that's taken care of.

    AASM will be expensive unless we make them at home.

    We are looking at Taurus for stand off missile. Nirbhay and Brahmos 3 would be useful too. Jaguars have Harpoons.
     
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    i have heard that US Weapons should not be used in Offensive in case of war, then where are we going to use them!!!

    i mean when they enter inside our borders!!!!
     
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    No they wasn't:

    The Kargil-II Incident - Vayu Sena

    Mirage 2000 with 1000lb LGB
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    Jaguar with Grifin (left) and Paveway (right) 1000lb LGBs, the same that LCA is testing
    http://www.acig.org/artman/uploads/jaguar_front.jpg


    And even the Sudarshan LGB is a 1000lb version
    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_o_no4M2xEPY/TPHh37XLGdI/AAAAAAAALvI/L4G0KZ6DuZ0/s400/sudarshan.JPG


    True, but also very capable especially with Rafale. I expect them in the 500lb version and would love to see them in the 250lb version as well. Mirage might get SPICE I guess.

    Taurus is on offer (like most weapons from MBDA), but with the rejection of EF, the interest of IAF in Storm Shadow / Scalp after Libyan conflict and as mentioned Mirage 2000 as well as Rafale in the fleet, Scalp is the most likely short term addition.
     
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    Hmm. Then I stand corrected.

    I doubt this has anything to do with the MRCA program. May the better missile win.
     

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