Lockheed Martin has successfully completed the first flight test of its multi-function sensor system Legion Pod Fort Worth, Texas.
The Legion Pod was integrated onto the F-16 Fighting Falcon. It successfully tracked multiple airborne targets during the flight.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control vice-president Paul Lemmo said: "Legion Pod is a production-ready, multi-sensor system.
"With our most advanced hardware and software, a hot production line and an established logistics depot, Legion Pod provides a high-performance, low-risk, affordable capability to warfighters today."
Lockheed said that additional flight tests of the sensor on the F-16 and F-15C will continue throughout the year.
The Legion Pod is designed to support collaborative targeting operations in radar-denied environments.
This multi-function sensor offers high-fidelity detection and tracking of airborne targets using an IRST21 infrared sensor and advanced networking and data processing technology.
Moreover, the system is capable of accommodating additional sensors without the need of costly systems or aircraft modifications.
According to Lockheed, it meets the requirements of the US Air Force F-15C infrared search and track programme of record that consists of long-range detection and tracking in a wide field of view.
With a flexible design and open systems architecture, it will also be able to provide a range of capabilities for other fighter and non-fighter aircraft.
The pod’s baseline configuration comprises an advanced processor and datalink capability in addition to its infrared search and track technology.
Image: Lockheed Martin-built Legion Pod successfully tracked multiple airborne targets while flying on an F-16. Photo: courtesy of Lockheed Martin Corporation.