Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod - Sensor Enhancement (ATP-SE)
Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod - Sensor Enhancement (ATP-SE)

U.S. Air Force Declares Initial Operational Capability for Sniper Targeting System

The U.S. Air Force announced Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the sniper targeting system designed by Lockheed Martin.

The U.S. Air Force has announced Initial Operational Capability (IOC) for the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod – Sensor Enhancement (ATP-SE) designed by defense contractor Lockheed Martin. According to a press release, the system has now been deployed to support combat operations.

The Sniper ATP-SE enables U.S. Air Force strike fighter and bomber aircraft to use “advanced modes for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; improved combat identification; expanded air-to-air and maritime capability; and two-way data link communication,” the press release states.

“The path to IOC involved collaboration between Lockheed Martin and the U.S. Air Force to complete a two-year, six-platform ATP-SE test program,” said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

“Lockheed Martin also manufactured more than 100 Sniper ATP-SE pods and successfully trained squadrons to operate and maintain the system. This significant achievement enables the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard to deploy Sniper ATP-SE worldwide on the A-10C, B-1, F-15E and F-16 Blocks 30, 40 and 50 for increased performance and situational awareness.”

As the press release notes, the Sniper ATP-SE also has Net-T capability, which allows point-to-multipoint networking architecture. It provides operators and analysts access to real-time data beyond their line of site when used with other platforms.

Read more: http://www.lockheedmartin.com/us/news/press-releases/2014/march/mfc-031704-us-air-force-declares-initial-capability.html

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