PANTERA  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 346
Unitary Cost: USD$5.0 million
Also Known As: AN/AAQ-33 Sniper
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Lockheed Martin
Parent System: Sniper XR
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 868
Total Cost: USD$875 million
Family Members: Sniper XR
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Description: The PANTERA (Precision Attack Navigation and Targeting with Extended Range Acquisition) is a derivative of proven Sniper XR advanced targeting pod intended for the export market. It provides target identification and targeting at far greater range than current targeting systems. The advanced modular design allows PANTERA to be mounted both internally and externally (pod), while providing low life cycle costs. The PANTERA incorporates a third generation midwave FLIR, laser tracker, laser marker, dual mode laser, and a CCD-TV. To date, it has been selected by Norway (6+12) for its mid-life updated F-16A/B aircraft and Poland for its F-16C/D aircraft. Oman also selected PANTERA for its F-16 aircraft fleet.

In August 2004, the Sniper XR/PANTERA was tested on the F/A-18 aircraft in support of ongoing targeting pod competitions in Australia and Canada. The US Navy and the US Marine Corps were also considered as potential customers for this advanced targeting pod. In November 2004, Lockheed-Martin announced that a modified PANTERA targeting pod on a Norwegian F-16 aircraft demonstrated, for the first time, data downlink capability at Bodo Air Force Base in Bodo, Norway. The video transmission provided by the targeting pod will allow net-centric and cooperating air and ground forces operations. Later on November 15, 2004, the Royal Norwegian Air Force exercised an option for additional PANTERA targeting pods, terms and quantities were not disclosed. The first PANTERA lot delivery was completed August 2004.

In April 2006 Boeing selected Lockheed Martin to provide Sniper Advanced targeting pods, Tiger Eyes navigation pods, and an Infrared Search and Track (IRST) System for the Republic of Singapore F-15SGs. Under an undisclosed fixed-price five-year contract this advanced electro-optical sensor suite will be integrated into the F-15SG aircraft beginning in the second quarter of 2007.

PANTERA Applications


Combat Aircraft F-15 Silent Eagle F-15K Slam Eagle F-15SA F-15SG F-16A Fighting Falcon F-16B Fighting Falcon F-16C Block 32 F-16C Block 50 F-16C Block 52 F-16D Block 32 F-16D Block 50 F-16D Block 52 F-16V F-2 F/A-18A Hornet F/A-18B Hornet F/A-18C Hornet F/A-18D Hornet Harrier Gr9 Typhoon Typhoon T

PANTERA Specifications

Dimensions
Diameter: 300 millimeter (11.8 inch)
Length: 2.39 meter
Weight
Weight: 177 kilogram (390 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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PANTERA News

There are 42 news between
3 Nov 2004 and 15 May 2017
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Monday, May 15, 2017Kuwait Orders 14 Sniper XR Tageting Pods to Support its F/A-18C/D Hornet Aircraft Fleet
Thursday, November 17, 2016FMS: Kuwait Seeks 40 F/A-18E/F Super Hornet Aircraft
Wednesday, September 28, 2016Kuwait Selects Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod for Integration on Eurofighter Typhoon Jet
Monday, November 9, 2015Lockheed Martin to Sustain Saudi Arabia's F-15 Sensor Suite
Thursday, November 5, 2015FMS: Kuwaits Wants 14 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods
Monday, October 5, 2015Netherlands Orders 29 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for F-16 Fleet
Thursday, August 13, 2015Taiwan Orders Two Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods
Monday, August 10, 2015Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod Integrated Onto Japan's F-2 Fighter Jet
Tuesday, July 14, 2015Pakistan Orders 15 More Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods
Wednesday, June 17, 2015Royal Jordanian Air Force to Receive 10 Sniper Targeting Pods

Operators & Related Equipment


OperatorsItems
Belgium8
Ordered by Belgium Defense in 2007 for the F-16A/B aircraft.
Canada36
Targeting pods provided to CF-18 aircraft
Jordan20
ex-UK pods (10) and 10 new ones ordered in June 2015
Kuwait40
Targeting pods provided to Eurofighter Typhoon jets (14) and F-18E/F (12). In May 2017 Kuwait ordered 14 Sniper XR targeting pods to support its F/A-18C/D jets.
Netherlands29
YearHoldings
201729
Jul 201614
Pakistan37
Equipment utilized on Pakistan Air Force's Block 52 F-16C/D aircraft
Saudi Arabia158
Targeting pods for its F-15S aircraft
Singapore?
Targeting pods integrated on F-15SG and F-16 Block 52 aircraft
United Kingdom?
Ordered by the Royal Air Force for its Harrier GR9 aircraft

Grand Total 35620
 
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