Lockheed Martin has been selected by the Romanian Air Force (RoAF) and the Royal Thai Air Force (RTAF) to deliver its Sniper advanced targeting pod (ATP) for their F-16 fleets.
Under this contract, Lockheed will be responsible to integrate and field Sniper ATPs on the existing RoAF and RTAF aircraft. Moreover, the firm will provide initial sustainment support.
Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control Sniper ATP international programme director Rich Lovette said: "Sniper ATP will provide the RoAF and the RTAF with precision targeting capability to locate targets using high-resolution imagery.
"Sniper ATP’s proven performance and low lifecycle costs are key differentiators for these air forces and other allies abroad."
The company has already started the delivery of pod to meet operational need requirements, the company stated.
Sniper ATP will provide pilots with high-resolution imagery for precision targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.
The solution will offer positive target identification, autonomous tracking, coordinate generation, precise weapons guidance and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (NTISR) in all weather conditions.
In addition, it will support employment of laser- and GPS-guided weapons against multiple fixed and moving targets.
The solution’s interoperability will allow coalition air forces to use the pod across multiple platforms, including the US Air Force and multinational F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, B-1 and B-52 aircraft, Lockheed Martin said.
With this order, Thailand and Romania has become the 18th and 19th country to receive this advanced sensor capability.
Image: A B-1B Lancer carries the Sniper pod on its belly as it flies during a flight test. Photo: courtesy of US Air Force photo / Steve Zapka.