Northrop Grumman has completed delivery of the first lot of 50 LITENING G4 advanced targeting (AT) pods to the US Air Force (USAF).

The deliveries were part of a $277.8m indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity contract awarded by the USAF.

The G4 AT pod features advanced forward-looking infrared and charge-coupled device (CCD) sensors, laser imaging and data link technology.

The pod delivers more accurate target identification and location at longer ranges, and the ability to capture images where forward-looking infrared and CCD are ineffective.

The pods will be deployed at seven additional USAF bases in the near future.

More than 550 targeting pod systems have been delivered to US and international customers to date.