Northrop Grumman Validates ‘Freedom’ Targeting Pod during Northern Edge 2021 Exercise

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  • 06:31 PM, June 4, 2021
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Northrop Grumman Validates ‘Freedom’ Targeting Pod during Northern Edge 2021 Exercise
LITENING advanced targeting pod: File image

Northrop Grumman validated on three separate platforms, its Freedom Pod — a derivative of the LITENING advanced targeting pod that incorporates a Freedom Radio and an infrared search-and-track sensor for passive surveillance and targeting.

The demonstration was conducted in partnership with the U.S. Air National Guard during the Northern Edge 2021 joint exercise.

“Northrop Grumman’s Freedom Pod provides swappable, multi-function capabilities to a range of aircraft, including unmanned, to provide a greater level of sensing and connectivity for the warfighter,” a company release said James Conroy, vice president, navigation, targeting and survivability.

In addition to Freedom Pod efforts, other variants of Northrop Grumman’s Freedom Radios, which enhance situational awareness for a range of manned and unmanned aircraft, were involved in two platform demonstrations centered on advanced 5th generation communications.

These demonstrations leveraged the Freedom Radios’ cyber-secure, software-defined, multifunction, open architecture solutions designed to support a wide range of integrated communications and networking capabilities across multiple domains.

“The Freedom Radio product line enhances situational awareness for a range of manned and unmanned aircraft—through 5th generation communications capabilities,” said Jenna Paukstis, vice president, communications solutions, Northrop Grumman. 

Northrop Grumman Validates ‘Freedom’ Targeting Pod during Northern Edge 2021 Exercise
F-35 during Northern Edge 21 exercise: USAF photo
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