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Northrop Grumman to Upgrade LITENING Systems

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ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill., March 18 -- Northrop Grumman Corp.'s Defensive Systems Division has received the first US Air Force contract to upgrade LITENING targeting and navigation systems used by the Air National Guard to the new advanced targeting (AT) system configuration.

The $19.7 million contract includes the retrofit of 45 LITENING II and 19 LITENING extended range (ER) pods to LITENING AT status, along with training and other support and options for additional retrofits. The AT version includes enhanced image processing, multitarget cueing, precision target coordinate generation and improved air-to-air capabilities.

The Northrop Grumman LITENING AT is a self-contained, multisensor laser target designating and navigation system that enables fighter pilots to detect, acquire, track and identify ground targets for highly accurate delivery of both conventional and precision-guided weapons. LITENING AT features include a 640 X 512 pixel forward-looking infrared camera, charge-coupled device television, laser spot tracker/range finder, infrared marker, laser designator and two-level maintenance previously fielded with LITENING ER.

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Mar 2003
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