$275M US Contract for LITENING Surveillance & Targeting Pods, Integration, and Support
RAFAEL joint-venture partner Northrop Grumman Systems Corp. in Rolling Meadows, IL received a maximum $275 million indefinite-delivery/ indefinite-quantity, firm fixed price contract from the USA for LITENING targeting pods, upgrades, support equipment, training, related logistics support, and pod integration support. It will support F-16 Falcon, F-15E Strike Eagle, A/OA-10 Thunderbolt II, and B-52 Stratofortress aircraft belonging to the US Air Force, Air National Guard, USAF Reserve Command, and US Marine Corps. While the version was not specified, all three services have been receiving LITENING AT pods lately. The Air Force can issue delivery orders totaling up to the maximum amount indicated above, although actual requirements may be less than the amount indicated above. The Headquarters Aeronautical Systems Center, Wright-Patterson Air Force Base, OH (FA8607-04-D-2751).
Designed to improve both day and night attack capabilities, LITENING pods provide pilots with advanced image processing for target identification and coordinate generation, a forward-looking infrared (FLIR) sensor, charge-coupled device television (CCD-TV) sensors, a laser spot tracker/ range finder, and infrared laser marker/ designators. It is fully operational 24 hours a day and in adverse weather conditions.
RAFAEL’s LITENING pod has become exceptionally popular around the world due to its exceptional performance/cost ratio, and has even begun to spin off dedicated reconnaissance derivatives. See DID’s focus article for more details, including front-line reports and an international customer list.