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Lockheed system given initial operating capability status

March 18, 2014 at 1:02 PM   |   Comments

ORLANDO, Fla., March 18 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin's newly configured Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod is being deployed after gaining initial operational capability status, the company announced.

The Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod - Sensor Enhancement provides U.S. Air Force strike fighter and bomber aircraft with advanced modes for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, improved combat identification, expanded air-to-air and maritime capability and two-way data link communication.

It also features Net-T capability, which enables a point-to-multipoint networking architecture which gives operators on other platforms and analysts access to real-time data beyond their line of sight.

"The path to IOC involved collaboration between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force to complete a two-year, six-platform ATP-SE test program," said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "Lockheed Martin also manufactured more than 100 Sniper ATP-SE pods and successfully trained squadrons to operate and maintain the system. This significant achievement enables the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard to deploy Sniper ATP-SE worldwide on the A-10C, B-1, F-15E and F-16 Blocks 30, 40 and 50 for increased performance and situational awareness."

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