Paragon™ Direct Attack Munition
The Paragon direct attack munition builds upon the enhanced performance of Lockheed Martin’s combat-proven laser guided bomb (LGB) coupled with the latest GPS-based guidance to provide the most affordable, all-weather, moving target direct attack capability available today.
This dual-mode weapon system combines our mature laser guidance kit with the latest inertial navigation system (INS)/GPS technology for precision strike against high priority fixed, relocatable and moving targets. By maintaining existing laser-guided bomb mass properties, outer mold line and compatibility with the existing airfoil group, Paragon effortlessly integrates with existing platforms that already employ JDAM-series weapons to avoid complex and costly aircraft operational flight program changes.
Our Paragon direct attack munition provides greater mission flexibility by minimizing impact to existing logistics infrastructure and handling, being fully compatible with 500-lb, 1,000-lb and 2,000-lb warheads, and offering an enhanced launch acceptable region that increases standoff range and cross-range capability. By increasing the inventory of dual-mode weapons, Warfighters will experience greater operational relative utility to hold all potential target sets at risk on every sortie, in nearly every tactical environment.
Lockheed Martin’s Paragon is an affordable and logical evolution in direct attack capability. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)
Paragon uses inertial guidance with GPS updates to shape flight path for target engagement at desired impact heading and dive angle. (Photo by Lockheed Martin)
Paragon integrates seamlessly with aircraft employing Lockheed Martin Laser Guided Bombs.
We have designed our Paragon direct attack munition to be an ideal asset for U.S. and allied Warfighters. Successfully integrated and tested on the F/A-18, additional F/A-18 flight testing is underway. Integration and flight testing on the F-16 is on target for Q2CY17. Expect performance excellence and suitability for direct attack missions from Lockheed Martin’s Paragon direct attack munition.
Paragon is a registered trademark of Lockheed Martin Corporation.