Boeing has received a follow-on contract from the US navy for the second low-rate initial production (LRIP-2) of Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared (ATFLIR) systems and spares.
This contract, worth $95 million, will include production of 24 ATFLIR pods for the F/A-18E/F and four ATFLIR pods and two pod adapters for the F/A-18C/D.
According to Boeing, the ATFLIR replaces an existing electro-optic sensor suite, combining separate navigation FLIR and targeting FLIR pods into one pod, freeing up one weapon station. The ATFLIR also includes a visible light camera or electro-optic sensor.
The third-generation FLIR will reportedly provide the capability to detect, classify and track both air-to-air and air-to-surface targets.
It supports the autonomous delivery of existing laser-guided weapons and emerging stand-off weapons and is in continuing development to deliver the capability to launch with both navigational FLIR and laser spot tracking, which is unavailable with current hardware.