Egyptian Air Force Orders Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod For F-16’s

Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

Egyptian Air Force (EAF) has confirmed the purchase of Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to equip its F-16 aircraft purchased under the Peace Vector program.  Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) offers precision targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (NTISR) in a single lightweight system.

Egypt has become the 13th international customer for Lockheed Martin’s Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod, the company announced.

The system provides precision targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance in a single light-weight system.

The Egyptian air force selected Sniper to equip its F-16 aircraft purchased under the Peace Vector program.

“The Egyptian air force is a well-established customer of Lockheed Martin targeting systems, having flown LANTIRN targeting pods since the early 1990s,” said Hugh Woods, international program manager in Lockheed Martin’s Missiles and Fire Control business.

“We are eager to ensure that EAF pilots have access to advanced targeting and NTISR capabilities by outfitting Peace Vector aircraft with Sniper.”

Sniper ATP provides critical long-range, positive target identification, enhancing an aircrew’s ability to detect and analyze ground targets while dramatically decreasing risks posed by enemy air defenses.

The system’s stable, automatic tracking and laser designation of targets, along with a video datalink with metadata, ensure pilots can visually identify threats in day/night conditions and share imagery with ground troops.

With this order, the EAF joins the U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and 12 international allies in fielding Sniper ATP’s.

Egyptian Air Force is already using LANTIRN targeting pods with its F-16 fighter jets.  Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) offers ability of long range detection, automatic tracking and laser designation of targets through its a multi-spectral sensor high-resolution, mid-wave third-generation FLIR, CCD-TV, laser spot tracker and a laser marker.
Here is a video promo by Lockheed Martin about the Pods
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