ROBINS AIR FORCE BASE, Ga.-U.S. Air Force air combat experts are asking engineers at the Lockheed Martin Corp. Missiles and Fire Control segment in Orlando, Fla., to build Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for the Iraqi air force under terms of a $31.9 million contract.
The Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod provides precision targeting and situational awareness to combat aircraft crews.
|Lockheed Martin will manufacture Sniper electro-optical targeting pods, shown at left, for the Iraqi air force.|
The pod provides precision strike as well as non-traditional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (NTISR) capabilities for the close air support of ground forces. The pod has electro-optical imagery capability, a video data link, and J-series coordinates.
The pod features image processing algorithms, stabilization, mid-wave forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and daylight TV sensors, dual-mode laser for geo-location, laser spot tracker, infrared marker, metadata for video, and common software and hardware interfaces.
The pod has been flown on U.S. Air Force and international F-15E, F-16 (all blocks), B-1, A-10C, Harrier GR7/9, and CF-18 combat aircraft, and is ready for integration on the B-52 strategic bomber.
Lockheed Martin engineers will work on the contract in Orlando, Fla., and should be finished by July 2015. Awarding the contract were officials of the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at Robins Air Force Base, Ga.
FOR MORE INFORMATION visit Lock- heed Martin Missiles and Fire Control online at www.lockheed martin.com and the Air Force Life Cycle Management Center at www.robins.af.mil/units/aflcmc.