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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: LITENING EF
Origin: Israel
Corporations: Rafael
Parent System: LITENING
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Total Production: 1,486
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Description: The LITENING III is the latest generation of LITENING Targeting and Navigation pod developed by Rafael to meet the requirements of the Israeli Air Force and Air Forces abroad. It provides cost-effective reliable precision strike capability to every fighter jet aircraft with reduced pilot workload. Encompassing detection, recognition, identification and laser designation; a multi-mission aircraft equipped with this pod can engage either ground or maritime targets. It provides beyond visual range identification of aerial targets as well. Ease of maintenance and growth potential are other key benefits offered by the LITENING III. The third generation features laser spot detection and tracking, and long-range data and video downlink.

The LITENING III combines a third generation day/night 640x480 resolution FLIR (Forward Looking Infrared); CCD camera for daytime operation (includes narrow and wide Field-Of-View (FOV) cameras); Inertial Navigation System (INS); dual wavelength and eye safe Diode Pump Laser (DPL) designator; stabilized mount for accurate tracking during aircraft maneuvering; laser spot detector/tracker; and laser marker. To date, Rafale has successfully integrated the LITENING pod on F-15, F-16, F/A-18, A-10, B-52, F-5, F-4, AV-8B, Tornado, EF-2000/Typhoon, Mirage 2000, Jaguar, JAS 39 Gripen, AMX, Mig-21 and Su-27 aircraft.

In July 2006, the UK MoD awarded Ultra Electronics a £56 million contract for the supply of LITENING EF pods on behalf of the Royal Air Force Typhoon aircraft. The targeting pods were a variant of Rafael's LITENING III due to enter service in 2008. The contract included logistics support for 20 years with technology transfer from Rafael to Ultra allowing the British company to upgrade the pod if needed through the 20 years period. The LITENING EF pods were meant to provide British Typhoons with precision strike air-to-surface capability. Additionally, the EF variant provides a secondary ground reconnaissance and scanning capability.

LITENING III Applications

Combat Aircraft AMX F-16I Soufa Typhoon Typhoon T

LITENING III Specifications

Diameter: 406 millimeter (16.0 inch)
Length: 2.20 meter
Weight: 208 kilogram (459 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 7 news between
17 Jul 2006 and 14 Oct 2010
Thursday, October 14, 2010Rafael Marks Sale of the 1000th Litening Pod
Friday, February 13, 2009Dual Mode Brimstone Entered Service on Tornado Gr4 Aircraft
Tuesday, July 1, 2008Royal Air Force Typhoons Declared Ready for Air-to-Ground Role
Tuesday, December 4, 2007Germany Purchases Further Rafael Litening Pods for its Tornado and Typhoon Aircraft
Wednesday, November 21, 2007Royal Air Force Typhoon Dropped its First in-Service Bomb
Monday, November 12, 2007Typhoon Scores Direct Hit Using a Laser-Guided Bomb
Monday, July 17, 2006UK Typhoons to Receive Litening III Pod from 2008

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