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ROKAF receives first Lockheed Martin Sniper Pods

18th April 2011 - 12:00 GMT | by The Shephard News Team

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The Republic of Korea Air Force (ROKAF) recently received Lockheed Martin Sniper pods for their F-15K aircraft. Delivered to Daegu Air Base, South Korea, these pods will be immediately deployed into full flight operations with the ROKAF F-15K fleet.

"Sniper pods provide the ROKAF with updated targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (NTISR) capabilities for the F-15K fleet," said Marc Nazon, program manager for Fixed Wing Fire Control at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "We look forward to continued support and training to ensure that ROKAF pilots and maintainers have a full command of the Sniper pod's capabilities."

In 2009, Lockheed Martin demonstrated the benefits of Sniper pod's capability for ROKAF by successfully flying Sniper on the F-15K and the KF-16 aircraft with a common Sniper pod software load. This capability allows operators to readily deploy the pod on various aircraft types, significantly reducing targeting pod life cycle costs.

Sniper pods are flying on US Air Force and multinational F-16, F-15, B-1, F-18, Harrier, A-10 and B-52 aircraft. The Sniper pod identifies targets at long ranges and offers the capability to relay high-resolution streaming video using a video downlink to ground forces for NTISR and rapid target coordination.

With a 30-year legacy as the premier provider of electro-optical systems for fixed wing aircraft, Lockheed Martin has delivered more than 3,500 systems to domestic and 19 international customers.

Source: Lockheed Martin

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