Northrop Grumman Corporation has received an initial order from the U.S. Air Force (USAF) for LITENING advanced targeting pods with full-colour digital video capability and two-colour laser spot search and track.
LITENING’s digital colour video, with greater than 1K x 1K resolution, will provide warfighters with a significantly more detailed understanding of their environment.
“LITENING’s colour video capability works with the way we naturally see the world to give warfighters in the cockpit and on the ground more complete situational understanding in less time,” said Ryan Tintner, vice president, navigation, targeting and surveillance, Northrop Grumman. “Whether the mission is close air support, surveillance, search and rescue or training, LITENING’s latest upgrade will help ensure that warfighters don’t miss a thing.”
In a combat environment, additional information provided by the new pods can be critical, shortening the time required to confirm the identity of a target and take action.
Any LITENING pod can be upgraded to the colour configuration.
This upgrade also includes the ability to record simultaneous video feeds from all sensors for post-mission analysis, automatic laser code display and an eye-safe mode that allows for more realistic training while using the laser.
Nearly 900 LITENING pods have been delivered by Northrop Grumman to U.S. and international customers.
The pods have achieved more than one million combat hours.
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