Lockheed Martin Receives $20 Million Contract to Upgrade U.S. Air Force Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods
Orlando, Fla., Sept. 2, 2014 – Lockheed Martin [NYSE:LMT] received a $20 million contract in 2013 from the U.S. Air Force to upgrade the first lot of Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATPs) to the Sniper ATP-Sensor Enhancement (SE) configuration.
Sniper ATP-SE has advanced sensors and algorithms, a two-way datalink and a digital data recorder to increase situational awareness and survivability for the warfighter.
“Upgrading legacy Sniper ATPs to the ATP-SE configuration increases capability and provides a common targeting pod configuration for the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard with significant life cycle cost benefits,” said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
Sniper ATP is in use by the U.S. Air Force and 16 international customers. It provides pilots high-resolution imagery for precision targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. 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. A video datalink enables pilots to share real-time video with troops on the ground for improved situational awareness and rapid target coordination.
Sniper ATP is interoperable across multiple platforms, including U.S. Air Force and multinational F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, B-1 and B-52 aircraft.
Headquartered in Bethesda, Maryland, Lockheed Martin is a global security and aerospace company that employs approximately 113,000 people worldwide and is principally engaged in the research, design, development, manufacture, integration and sustainment of advanced technology systems, products and services. The Corporation’s net sales for 2013 were $45.4 billion.