Lockheed Martin Delivers 1000th Sniper Pod To USAF

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  • 07:09 AM, May 1, 2015
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Lockheed Martin announced today that it has delivered1000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to the US Air Force during a ceremony held yesterday.

The 1000th pod is a sensor-enhanced Sniper ATP that provides fighter and bomber aircraft with advanced modes for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (NTISR); enhanced target identification; maritime tracking; and two-way datalink communication.

"One thousand pods is a significant milestone for the Sniper program, and our team is proud to be a part of that success," said David McCain, US Air Force Sniper program manager. "We look forward to continuing our partnership with Lockheed Martin, providing advanced targeting capability to our aircrews."

Lockheed Martin's Sniper ATP is the winner of the 2010 US Air Force/Air National Guard Advanced Targeting Pod - Sensor Enhancement competition. Since 2003, Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 575 Sniper ATPs to the U.S. Air Force/Air National Guard and more than 400 Sniper ATPs to international air forces.  

"Sniper ATP's performance, reliability and maintainability have enabled to carry out precision strike and NTISR missions," said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Sniper ATP is interoperable across multiple platforms, including US Air Force and multi-national F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, B-1 and B-52 aircraft. In 2014, the Sniper ATP team received the Secretary of Defense Performance-Based Logistics Award, recognizing its excellence in providing operational support to warfighters.

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