Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 50
Unitary Cost: USD$3.3 million
Also Known As: Shared Reconnaissance Pod
Origin: United States of America
Corporations: Raytheon
Parent System: SHARP
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2003
Total Production: 50
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Description: The Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) has been designed to carry out all-weather, day and night reconnaissance missions integrated on the US Navy F/A-18F aircraft. The SHARP pod will replace the film-based TARPS pod utilized by the US Navy F-14 Tomcat beginning in 2003. The SHARP pod accommodates Electro-Optical and Infrared sensors but there are many sensor payloads that can be integrated in the SHARP pod as well as other type of payloads. The SHARP pod has been designed for the US Navy F/A-18E/F Super Hornet but it is adaptable for many other aircraft.

The minimum number of SHARP pods required for ISR missions is 24, but the US Navy plans to purchase up to 50 SHARP pods (40 operational and 10 reserve/pipeline). The first SHARP-equipped Super Hornets will become operational aboard the CVN-68 USS Nimitz nuclear aircraft carrier. On 6 September 2005, the US Navy awarded a Raytheon's subsidiary a $20 million contract for production of six Shared Reconnaissance Pods (SHARPs) to be delivered during 2006.

SHARP Applications

Combat Aircraft F/A-18F Super Hornet

SHARP Specifications

Length: 4.77 meter
Width: 740 millimeter (29.1 inch)
Mission Endurance: 60 minute (0.04 day)
Weight: 953 kilogram (2,101 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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There are 3 news between
4 Oct 2006 and 20 Jan 2010
Wednesday, January 20, 2010Raytheon Demonstrates Air-To-Ground Target Verification Capability at Bold Quest Exercise
Monday, May 21, 2007BAE Systems to Provide Hyperspectral Technology for SHARP Recce Pod
Wednesday, October 4, 2006SHARP Pod to Get Tactical Cueing System Capability

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