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Lockheed receives $23M to deliver targeting pods to Oman Air Force

EuroPhotonics
Sep 2012
FARNBOROUGH, UK – Global security and aerospace company Lockheed Martin received a $23 million contract from the Royal Air Force of Oman to provide additional Sniper advanced targeting pods (ATPs) for its F-16 fleet.

The contract also includes upgrades to the Oman Air Force’s existing pods and support.

Sniper ATP provides critical long-range, positive target identification to enhance an aircrew’s ability to detect and analyze ground targets while dramatically decreasing the risks posed by enemy air defenses. The system’s stable, automatic tracking and laser designation of targets, along with its video datalink with metadata, ensures that pilots can visually identify threats in day and night conditions and share imagery with ground troops.

Its interoperability enables coalition air forces to use the pod across multiple platforms.


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photonics
The technology of generating and harnessing light and other forms of radiant energy whose quantum unit is the photon. The science includes light emission, transmission, deflection, amplification and detection by optical components and instruments, lasers and other light sources, fiber optics, electro-optical instrumentation, related hardware and electronics, and sophisticated systems. The range of applications of photonics extends from energy generation to detection to communications and...
tracking
1. The process of following an object's movement; accomplished by focusing a radar beam on the reticle of an optical system on the object and plotting its bearing and distance at specific intervals. 2. In display technology, use of a light pen to move an object across a display screen.
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