Northrop Grumman receives full-fielding recommendation for its LITENING G4 targeting pod
The Air National Guard Air Force Reserve Command Test Center (AATC) has recommended full fielding for Northrop Grumman Corporation’s (NYSE:NOC) LITENING G4 Advanced Targeting Pod to equip F-16 C/D Block 25/30/32 aircraft. The recommendation follows the successful completion of an operational utility evaluation (OUE) for the targeting pod system.
The AATC executed the evaluation with the support of the 177th Fighter Wing, Atlantic City, N.J. LITENING G4 flew 530 sorties and accumulated more than 825 flight hours during this evaluation, which was conducted between September 2010 and May 2011. The OUE verified that LITENING G4 is suitable and effective for the F-16 Block 30 mission areas.
The LITENING G4 Advanced Targeting Pod is the newest addition to the company’s LITENING family of targeting pods, delivering advancements in sensor, laser imaging and data link technology. G4’s technologies include full 1Kx1K forward looking infrared (FLIR), 1Kx1K charge-coupled device and short wave infrared (SWIR) laser imaging sensors, color symbology, tracker improvement and enhanced zoom. These advancements deliver more accurate target identification and location at longer ranges than previous generations of LITENING targeting pod systems while reducing pilot workload.
By Skyler Frink
Oct 24, 2011