Recently, Lockheed Martin announced that it delivered F-15 Sniper pods to the South Korean air force for immediate deployment in full flight operations.
Marc Nazon, program manager for Fixed Wing Fire Control at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control, said, ”Sniper pods provide the (South Korean air force) with updated targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance capabilities for the F-15K fleet.”
Nazon also said, “We look forward to continued support and training to ensure that (South Korean air force) pilots and maintainers have a full command of the Sniper pod’s capabilities.”
The Sniper pod identifies targets at long ranges and offers the capability to relay high-resolution streaming video using a downlink to ground forces for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance and rapid target coordination.
Lockheed Martin in 2009 demonstrated the benefits of Sniper pod’s capability for the South Korean air force by successfully flying the device on 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.
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