Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod Goes Operational on ROKAF KF-16s
ORLANDO, Fla., Nov. 10, 2015 – The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) has expanded the precision targeting power of its aircraft fleet by declaring initial operational capability for Lockheed Martin’s (NYSE: LMT) Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) on KF-16 aircraft.
The ROKAF, which already flies Sniper ATP on its F-15K aircraft, will deploy Sniper ATP on its KF-16 aircraft immediately.
“In addition to the enhanced capability Sniper ATP will provide the KF-16, the pod’s unique plug-and-play capability enables it to be rapidly integrated across KF-16 and F-15K aircraft,” said Marc Nazon, Sniper international program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “The Republic of Korea Air Force can transfer a Sniper ATP from a KF-16 to an F-15K and back, depending on the mission, which increases operational readiness and significantly reduces life-cycle costs.”
The ROKAF awarded Lockheed Martin the contract to deliver Sniper ATPs for the KF-16 after a competitive source selection in December 2013. Deliveries under the contract will be complete in 2017.
Sniper ATP provides pilots high-resolution imagery for precision targeting, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Sniper ATP detects, identifies, automatically tracks and laser-designates small tactical targets at long ranges.
Sniper ATP is interoperable across multiple platforms, including U.S. Air Force and multinational F-2, F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, B-1 and B-52 aircraft.
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