Lockheed Unveils ‘Paragon’ Direct Attack Munition

Lockheed Martin has introduced the Paragon brand name for the company’s dual-mode, laser-guided bombs.

The Bethesda, Maryland-based defense contractor said Thursday Paragon is guided by an inertial navigation system and designed to engage fixed, relocatable and moving targets.

Joe Serra, director of precision guided systems at Lockheed’s missiles and fire control business, said the direct attack munition works to engage targets from a farther release point than other dual-mode or GPS-guided weapons.

Paragon has been integrated onto F/A-18 Hornet aircraft and will be demonstrated with F-16 aircraft during flight tests scheduled for the second quarter of 2017.

Lockheed said it has supplied more than 150,000 training rounds, 75,000 Paveway II LGB kits and 7,000 dual-mode systems to the U.S. Navy, Marine Corps, Air Force and 23 international customers.

You may also be interested in...

Blue Origin

Blue Origin Launches 14th New Shepard Mission With Updated Crew Capsule

Blue Origin, a space company owned by Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, used a capsule with updated crew systems during the company's 14th mission with the New Shepard rocket. The updated capsule featured new push-to-talk communications systems, noise reduction tools, cushioned wall linings, environmental systems and a crew alert system, Blue Origin said Thursday.


Teledyne Subsidiary to Produce Additional Navy LCS Missile Defense Modules

A Teledyne Technologies subsidiary has secured an $18M contract from Northrop Grumman to manufacture four more missile defense systems for the U.S. Navy's littoral combat ship mission package.


Lockheed’s Orion Spacecraft Concludes Assembly, Testing for NASA’s Artemis Mission to Lunar Orbit

Lockheed Martin has sent the Orion capsule to NASA’s exploration ground systems team for final preparations ahead of the unmanned Artemis I mission to lunar orbit that will launch later this year. The spacecraft concluded assembly operations and testing at Kennedy Space Center in Florida.