Northrop delivers 100th targeting pod

March 13, 2012 at 1:09 PM
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ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., March 13 (UPI) -- The 100th Litening G-4 targeting pod for U.S. military aircraft has been produced and delivered by Northrop Grumman.

The Litening G-4 features advanced sensor, laser imaging and data link technology, including 1Kx1K forward-looking infrared, shortwave infrared laser imaging sensors, color symbology, tracker improvement and enhanced zoom for enhanced target identification and location at longer ranges.

It's in full production to accommodate under separate indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contracts from the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Marine Corps.

Northrop Grumman said the contracts -- worth more than $575 million -- include provisions for the upgrade of Block 1 Litening units currently in use.

"The delivery of the 100th G4 pod is an important milestone," said Jim Mocarski, vice president of EO/IR Targeting Systems at Northrop Grumman's Electronics Systems Sector. "Most importantly, our customers have the assets they need to support both deployment and their active bases in the U.S.

"We have also demonstrated that our production capability is mature and capable of meeting their future requirements."

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