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Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Total Production: ?
Also Known As: AN/AAQ-28
Origin: Israel and United States of America
Corporations: Northrop Grumman and Rafael
Parent System: LITENING
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1995
Total Production: 1,486
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Description: The AN/AAQ-28 LITENING is a multipurpose targeting and navigation pod designed to provide tactical aircraft with 24-hour precision strike capability against both land and sea based targets. Originally, it was developed by Rafael for servicing on the Israel Air Force tactical aircraft. In 1995 Northrop-Grumman joined Israel boosting the LITENING product development which led to the more capable LITENING II available from 1999. The LITENING pod system comprises an imaging IR camera FLIR, a CCD-TV, a INS, a laser marker, and a laser spot tracker/rangefinder. The LITENING II pod has been ordered in the United States by the Marine Corps (USMC), Air Force Reserve (AFRes) and the Air National Guard (ANG). In addition to the United States and Israel, Germany, Sweden, Spain, Italy and Australia have ordered the LITENING for their tactical aircraft.

Sweden has integrated the LITENING targeting pod on its JAS 39 Gripen and Germany on its Tornado interdiction aircraft. The LITENING is used by Israel primarily on its F-16 tactical aircraft and the United States uses this pod on a wide variety of tactical aircraft including B-52H bomber. Rafael is marketing the LITENING advanced targeting and navigation pod for integration onto F-4, F-5, Eurofighter/Typhoon (EF2000), Mirage 2000, Jaguar, AMX, Su-27 and Mig-21 aircraft. Actually, the pod has been demonstrated on these platforms.

LITENING Applications

Combat Aircraft AV-8B Harrier II AV-8B Harrier II Plus F-16A Fighting Falcon F-16B Fighting Falcon F-16C Block 32 F-16D Block 32 Sensor Systems Toplite

LITENING Specifications

Length: 2.20 meter
Width: 406 millimeter (16.0 inch)
Weight: 200 kilogram (441 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 19 news between
7 Sep 2005 and 11 Feb 2019
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Monday, February 11, 2019Northrop Grumman LITENING G4 Taregting Pod Achieves One Million Flight Hours
Tuesday, June 2, 2015Northrop Grumman Unveils OpenPod Sensor System
Tuesday, February 24, 2015LITENING Advanced Targeting System Achieves Two Million Operating Hour Milestone
Friday, September 7, 2012Diehl Updates Development Status of PILUM Glide Missile System
Monday, December 12, 2011FMS: Iraq Requests Sale of a Second Batch of 18 F-16C/D Aircraft
Thursday, November 17, 2011FMS: Indonesia Requests of 24 Upgraded ex-USAF F-16C/D Block 25 Aircraft
Wednesday, September 21, 2011FMS: Taiwan Wants Retrofit of F-16A/B Aircraft
Thursday, October 14, 2010Rafael Marks Sale of the 1000th Litening Pod
Wednesday, September 15, 2010FMS: Iraq Requests Sale of 18 F-16IQ Jet Aircraft
Friday, October 9, 2009FMS: Egypt Requests Sale of 24 F-16C/D Block 50/52 Aircraft

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