The Royal Dutch Air Force has selected Lockheed Martin's Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to equip its F-16 fleet.
The contract was awarded through the Dutch Defense Materiel Organization Monday and includes 29 Sniper ATPs as well as support equipment, training and sustainment. Pod deliveries will begin in the first quarter of 2016.
"Expedited delivery will enable the Royal Netherlands Air Force to rapidly deploy Sniper ATP to support current mission requirements," said Rich Lovette, director of Sniper international programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
Under this contract, Lockheed Martin will provide sustainment support for the Royal Netherlands Air Force through a Performance-Based Logistics program. Sniper ATP detects, identifies, automatically tracks and laser designates small tactical targets at long ranges. It also supports employment of all laser- and GPS-guided weapons against multiple fixed and moving targets.
Sniper ATP is interoperable across multiple platforms, including US Air Force and multinational F-2, F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, B-1 and B-52 aircraft.