The US Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation’s Electronic Systems sector a $32.6 million contract to provide 24 LITENING ER precision targeting systems for use aboard its F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.
Deliveries of the contracted LITENING systems have already begun and should be completed by June 2003.
The Northrop Grumman LITENING ER is a self-contained, multisensor laser target designating and navigation system that enables fighter pilots to detect, acquire, track and identify ground targets for delivery of both conventional and precision-guided weapons.
LITENING ER features include a 640 x 512 pixel forward-looking infrared (FLIR) camera; charge-coupled device television; laser spot tracker/range finder; infrared marker; and a laser designator.
LITENING ER pods are currently fielded with Air National Guard (ANG) F-16s and U.S. Marine Corps AV-8Bs. LITENING ER’s predecessor, the LITENING II system with a 256 FLIR, is also operational on ANG and Air Force Reserve Command F-16s and on AV-8Bs owned and operated by the Marine Corps and the Italian and Spanish navies.