LITENING equipped with new FLIR sensor

Sept. 5, 2007 at 4:26 PM
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ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., Sept. 5 (UPI) -- U.S. firm Northrop Grumman said Wednesday its new advanced targeting pod will have a new FLIR detection sensor.

The LITENING advanced targeting, or AT, pod to be displayed Sept. 12-15 at Nellis Air Force Base, Nevada "features advanced image processing for target identification; coordinate generation for GPS weapons; a 640 x 512 pixel forward-looking infrared -- FLIR- sensor for effective day and night operations; a new 1,024 x 1,024 pixel charge-coupled device television sensor; a new dual waveband infrared laser designator and range finder; a laser spot tracker; an infrared laser marker; and an optional air-to-ground data link and digital video recorder," the company said in a statement.

"The LITENING 4th Generation system now in development will feature the most advanced 1024 x 1024 pixels -- 1k x 1k -- FLIR sensor for improved target detection and recognition ranges under day/night conditions; new two-way data links and other networking capabilities to enable improved communications between ground-based and airborne forces; new sensors for improved target identification; and other advanced target recognition and identification features," Northrop Grumman said.

"Other product improvements already incorporated into LITENING as part of the new version include a new 1k charge-coupled device sensor, which provides improved target detection and recognition ranges under daylight conditions," the company said.

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