Saudi Air Force to Receive Advanced Targeting Pods

23 May 2010 (Last Updated May 23rd, 2010 18:30)

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) is set to take delivery of advanced targeting pods (ATPs) from Lockheed Martin, under a foreign military sales contract. Lockheed will supply the $40m ATPs to improve the precision targeting, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability of th

The Royal Saudi Air Force (RSAF) is set to take delivery of advanced targeting pods (ATPs) from Lockheed Martin, under a foreign military sales contract.

Lockheed will supply the $40m ATPs to improve the precision targeting, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capability of the RSAF's F-15S aircraft.

Featuring exceptional image quality and stability, the Sniper ATPs will deliver precise weapon targeting for multiple, fixed and moving targets, according to Lockheed Martin.

They will also offer a high-performance datalink for real-time coordination between aircrews, ground troops and real-time weapon damage estimation radius display to reduce collateral damage.

It is used as a non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance asset for convoy route reconnaissance and battlefield situational awareness.

It is operational with the F-15, F-16, A-10, B-1, CF-18, Harrier GR7 and GR9 aircraft.

The RSAF, which first purchased Sniper pods in March 2009, completed the operational evaluation of the pod on the F-15S in January 2010.