Egypt set for Goodrich reconnaissance pod

Nov. 24, 2010 at 9:20 AM
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CHARLOTTE, N.C., Nov. 24 (UPI) -- Goodrich Corp.'s DB-110 airborne reconnaissance pod has been chosen for use by the Egyptian air force's new Block 52, F-16 aircraft.

The Foreign Military Sales Contract calls for delivery of one DB-110, which captures images using electro-optical/infrared sensor technology. The images can be transmitted in real time to analysts on the ground.

Egypt is the eighth country to select Goodrich's DB-110 system.

"We are very pleased that the Egyptian air force has chosen our DB-110 system as the reconnaissance system for its F-16 Fighting Falcons," said Andrew Chrostowski, vice president of Goodrich's ISR Systems. "Since the DB-110 was selected by Poland's Ministry of National Defense in 2003, all F-16 FMS customers have selected the DB-110 as their reconnaissance system.

"Given our successful track record on the F-16, new customers are assured of a high-performance, low-risk, proven solution."

The company said the DB-110 will give the Egyptian air force a day-night, high-resolution, wide-area ISR imaging capability to support tactical reconnaissance operations. Imagery can be viewed on the F-16's cockpit video display as it is collected, enabling the pilot to verify targets and conduct tasks such as battle damage assessment.

Egypt is receiving 20 new Lockheed Martin Advanced Block 52 F-16 multi-role fighters under the Peace Vector Foreign Military Sale program.

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