Northrop to upgrade Litening G4 targeting pods on F-16 aircraft

22 June 2015 (Last Updated June 22nd, 2015 18:30)

Northrop Grumman has received contracts worth $74m to provide upgrade work and spares to US Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard Litening G4 targeting pods.

Litening Pod

Northrop Grumman has received contracts worth $74m to provide upgrade work and spares to US Air Force Reserve Command and Air National Guard Litening G4 targeting pods.

Upgrades are intended to enable digital, high-definition video from the AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening G4 advanced targeting system to the cockpit. The work is currently being rolled-out on the F-16 fighter jet.

Northrop Grumman Airborne Tactical Sensors business unit vice-president Jim Mocarski said: "Litening's digital, high-definition video is a game changer that takes full advantage of the outstanding litening sensors and the new aircraft displays.

"This upgrade is another example of our 'affordable firsts' philosophy that brings customer-requested features to the field in a rapid and budget-conscious manner."

The new upgrades will allow G4's high-definition sensors and advanced image processing to provide a new level of image clarity and situational awareness.

"Litening's digital, high-definition video is a game changer that takes full advantage of the outstanding litening sensors and the new aircraft displays."

Litening G4 targeting pods offer the latest technologies such as digital, high-definition video, 1K forward-looking infrared, and charge-coupled device sensors, short-wave infrared laser imaging, colour symbology, tracker improvements and enhanced zoom.

The new advancements featured in the system are capable of providing more accurate target identification and location information at longer ranges than the previous generations of Litening targeting pods.

Northrop Grumman has delivered more than 700 Litening pods to the US Marine Corps, all components of the Air Force and eight international customers so far.

The systems have been equipped on variants of the A-10, AV-8B, B-52, F-15, F-16 and F/A-18.


Image: A Litening pod mounted underneath a US Marine Corps McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet. Photo: courtesy of US Government.