The U.S. Air Force has contracted Northrop Grumman to supply additional LITENING SE advanced forward-looking infrared sensors that display target images to the plane’s crew and a laser designator to guide munitions to the target.
The agreement for the work on the LITENING SE targeting pods system—which are mounted externally on an airplane’s wings—is in the form of two follow-on contracts worth a combined $66 million, Northrop says.
The Air Force awarded Northrop a seven-year indefinite-delivery/indefinite-quantity contract for low rate initial production of the pods in 2010. The pods have been tested extensively on F-16 Block 40/50 aircraft and on the A-10C.
Ensuring that “advanced capability” is in the hands of the warfighters is a team effort, said Jim Mocarski, Northrop Grumman LITENING program’s vice president. “The combined efforts of the joint U.S. Air Force-Northrop Grumman test team resulted in the expedited completion of the LITENING SE qualification and evaluation flight testing program,” he added.