The Turkish Air Force has signed an advanced targeting pods (ATPs) and enhanced resolution (ER) navigation pods procurement deal with Lockheed Martin as part of a foreign military sales contract.
Under the $118m contract, Lockheed will provide Sniper ATP and LANTIRN ER navigation pods for the air force’s fleet of F-16 block 40 and block 50 Peace Onyx aircraft.
Lockheed Martin missiles and fire control programme director Rich Lovette said LANTIRN ER’s third-generation navigation FLIR and enhanced image processing would allow aircrews to go far beyond their current capability.
“The Sniper ATP will provide enhanced target detection and identification capability, expanding the F-16’s ability to conduct non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance operations,” he said.
The Sniper ATP, packaged in a single lightweight pod, will provide critical long-range, positive identification of both moving and stationary air and ground targets.
The ATP’s video downlink, equipped with a Rover ground receiver, will relay high-resolution streaming video to forward-deployed forces for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and rapid target coordination.
Equipped with high-resolution, mid-wave forward-looking infrared (FLIR) and TV sensors, the Sniper ATP will have precision engagement capability.
The TV sensors, which operate with the help of a dual-mode laser, will permit eye-safe operation and precise geo-location in urban environments.
The common software and hardware interface design of the Sniper ATP will enable aircraft pilots to plug-and-play across services and multiple platforms.
The upgraded version of LANTIRN navigation pod, the LANTIRN ER will allow pilots to operate in critical missions in all conditions, at mission altitudes from sea level to 40,000ft.
The LANTIRN ER navigation pod will feature a terrain-following radar, a third generation mid-wave FLIR, enhanced image signal processing and improved image quality.