U.S. Air Force Adopts Northrop Grumman's Enhanced LITENING Targeting Pod Fleet

Improved air and ground targeting modes aim to provide greater accuracy and tracking in challenging conditions.
  • Defensemirror.com bureau
  • 04:36 AM, February 15, 2024
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U.S. Air Force Adopts Northrop Grumman's Enhanced LITENING Targeting Pod Fleet
LITENING Large Aperture @NGC

The U.S. Air Force has chosen Northrop Grumman Corporation's LITENING Large Aperture (LA) targeting pod for integration into its existing LITENING inventory, enhancing electro-optical/infrared sensing and processing capabilities.

The LITENING LA targeting pod introduces new sensors and software for improved image resolution and target identification from stand-off ranges. Features include digital, high-definition daylight, and infrared sensors in multiple wavelengths, ensuring imaging from greater stand-off ranges.

Key enhancements include faster video processing, greater image stabilization, enhanced pod command and control functions, and continuous roll for uninterrupted imaging during maneuvers. Improved air and ground targeting modes aim to provide greater accuracy and tracking in challenging conditions.

The LITENING LA supports various missions, including precision targeting, close air support, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance, and humanitarian assistance. Its high-resolution, digital color video and infrared sensors, datalink capability, and advanced algorithms enable detection, identification, and engagement of targets from long ranges.

Maintaining the same form factor as previous versions, the LITENING LA requires no modifications to integrated aircraft, and previous pods can be upgraded. The U.S. Air Force plans to integrate the LITENING LA throughout its existing aircraft inventory, building on its partnership with Northrop Grumman since 1999.

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