02 Oct 2019

Northrop Grumman to deliver new and upgraded LITENING targeting pods

The US Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman a $141 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) task order for new LITENING advanced targeting pods and upgrades that will bring existing pods up to the current configuration.

The LITENING targeting pods enable aircrews to detect, acquire, auto-track and identify targets at long ranges for weapon delivery or non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions.

They features high definition video, 1K FLIR sensors, laser imaging sensors and multiple plug-and-play data link options. Any of the pods can be upgraded to the latest configuration.

LITENING is in service with major components of the U.S. Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Marine Corps and several international customers. It has been integrated on a wide range of platforms, including AV-8B, A-10, B-52, C-130, F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and MQ-9.

Brent Toland, Vice President, Land and Avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman, said: “LITENING was designed for, and has provided, an affordable and rapid upgrade path to our users.

“This task order demonstrates the enduring value and performance LITENING provides customers in integrating relevant mission capabilities.”

image courtesy of Northrop Grumman

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