US Air Force on target with $28.3 million order

The US Air Force has ordered 21 Sniper XR advanced targeting pods from Lockheed Martin in a deal valued at $28.3 million.

The US Air Force has ordered 21 Sniper XR (eXtended Range) advanced targeting pods from Lockheed Martin. The $28.3 million order, including spares and training, is said to mark the third buy of targeting pods for the US Air Force, bringing the number of pods purchased to 44 to date.

Last week, the export version of Sniper XR, PANTERA (Precision Attack Navigation and Targeting Pod) won its first customer with a $27 million sale to the Royal Norwegian Air Force.

Currently, the Air Force is flight-testing Sniper XR on the F-16 at Edwards Air Force Base, California, in preparation for deployment to operational units.

The seven-year Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) contract, with a potential value in excess of $843 million, provides options for up to 522 pods and associated equipment, spares, and aircraft for both the Air Force and Air National Guard.

Sniper XR pods will initially equip the US Air Force’s F-16CJ Block 50 aircraft and the Air National Guard’s F-16 Block 30 aircraft. Follow-on acquisitions are destined for the F-16 Block 40 and F-15E fleets, as well as interested international customers, bringing market potential to several billion dollars.