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Lockheed Martin to support Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

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James LaPorta
Four Swiss F-18 Hornets fly alongside a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing RAF Mildenhall, England, after receiving fuel over Germany on Oct. 20, 2017. Photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho/U.S. Air Force
Four Swiss F-18 Hornets fly alongside a U.S. Air Force KC-135 Stratotanker, assigned to the 100th Air Refueling Wing RAF Mildenhall, England, after receiving fuel over Germany on Oct. 20, 2017. Photo by Senior Airman Justine Rho/U.S. Air Force

Dec. 19 (UPI) -- Lockheed Martin has been awarded a contract by the Air Force for the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod, a precision targeting system for air-to-air and air-to-ground missions.

The $961.1 million deal, announced Monday by the Department of Defense, comes under the terms of an indefinite-delivery, indefinite-quantity, firm-fixed-price, cost-reimbursable contract, which is a cost-reimbursement deal that could potentially provide additional funds to Lockheed Martin if the company accumulates cost overruns.

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The contract taps Lockheed Martin for "sustainment, modernization and development" of the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod.

The system can be integrated on various fighter and bomber aircraft, including, the F-15 Eagle, F-16 Fighting Falcon, F/A-18 Hornet, B-1 Lancer, B-52 Stratofortress, A-10 Thunderbolt II and F-2, according to Lockheed Martin.

Work on the contract will occur in Florida and Georgia, and is expected to be completed by December 2022.

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