ORLANDO, FL, December 21st, 2009 — Lockheed Martin [NYSE: LMT] recently completed Phase 2 of its SniperÂ® Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) B-52 integration program at Barksdale Air Force Base, LA. Sniper pod integration on the B-52 will provide aircrews with critical long-range, positive target identification and video downlink capability to forward-deployed forces for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance.
In the latest series of flights, Sniper ATP demonstrated its ability to operate on the B-52, proving its extended laser range capability, precision long range target tracking and moving multi-target track.
â€œThe Sniper pod demonstrated exceptional high-altitude performance,â€ said Maj. Chris Chandler, Operations Flight Commander with the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron. â€œThe picture quality was just unreal. In multi-target track, the track boxes stayed exactly where I placed them, the range from which I could identify targets was equally impressive.â€
In August, the U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a Phase 3 Sniper ATP B-52 integration contract. Phase 3 includes full integration of the Sniper ATP on the B-52 with a new multi-function color display and digital-integrated hand controller.
â€œWeâ€™re looking forward to operational certification on the B-52,â€ said Ken Fuhr, director of Fixed-wing Targeting Programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. â€œSniper ATP deployed on the B-1 bomber in 2008, enabling the aircraft to extend its traditional close-air support mission to include non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. We look forward to providing the same multi-mission capability to the B-52.â€
The Sniper pod is operational on U.S. Air Force, Air National Guard and multinational F-16, F-15, B-1, F-18, Harrier, A-10 and Tornado aircraft. Its common software and hardware interface design enables users to â€œplug and playâ€ across services and multiple platforms, providing greater interoperability.
Deployed in theater since January 2005, Sniper ATP has been selected by 12 international air forces and coalition partners.
Source: Lockheed Martin