Turkey To Buy Targeting Pods

by: Matthew Potter
January 7, 2010

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The Turkish government awarded Lockheed Martin (LMT) a contract to provide Snyper targeting and navigation pods for use on their F-16 aircraft. The contract is wroth over $100 million. The U.S. military and many allies that operate the F-16 have ordered the system. It has also been outfitted on aircraft such as the F-15E, A-10, Harriers and the CF-18.

The pod provides targeting and imaging equipment that integrates with the aircraft and its weapons to help make attacks more precise. The pod contains various sensors such as Forward Looking Infra-Red (FLIR) and a laser targeting system. The pod is stabilized to improve the quality of the picture and the targeting information. Of course the aircraft must give up a hard point when using this system trading off payload for a more precision strike.

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