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Sniper XR  
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2006
Total Production: 522
Unitary Cost: USD$1.6 million
Also Known As: ATP-SE
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: PANTERA
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Description: The Sniper XR (eXtended Range) is an advanced targeting pod designed to meet the requirements of the US Air Force and Air National Guard. It incorporates a third generation targeting FLIR, a laser tracker, a laser marker, a dual mode laser, and a CCD-TV providing superior image quality. The lightweight Sniper XR provides target identification and targeting capabilities at greater ranges compared to existing targeting pods. It also features lower life cycle costs thanks to its modular architecture. The US Air Force selected Sniper XR for integration on the F-16C Block 50, F-16C Block 40, F-16 Block 30 and the F-15E. Under this contract, Lockheed-Martin will provide up to 522 Sniper XR targeting pods to the US Air Force and Air National Guard.

In February 2004, the US Air Force awarded a contract to integrate Sniper XR targeting pod onto the US Air Force A-10 aircraft. Sniper XR addition to the OA/A-10 aircraft fleet is being carried out under the A-10 precision engagement upgrade. B-1 and B-52 targeting requirements could be fulfilled by the Sniper XR as well. The total number of Sniper XR targeting pods delivered or ordered by the US Air Force and US National Guard until Lot IV award is 92. The pods are fully interchangeable among different aircraft types because Sniper XR's software allows to automatically identify the type of aircraft. For example, the US Air Force can download a pod from an F-16 and load onto an F-15 or A-10 aircraft without having to change the pod software.

In August 2004, several flight tests of the Sniper XR on the F/A-18D aircraft were carried out in support of targeting pod competitions in Australia and Canada, and potential future requirements of the US Navy and US Marine Corps for their F/A-18C/Ds and F/A-18E/Fs. The Sniper XR connected to the Hornet via the NITE Hawk pod interfaces. In early 2005, the US Air Force released that the F-15E Strike Eagle was testing Sniper XR advanced targeting pod at the Royal Air Force base in Lakenheath, England. During the test campaign , an F-15E dropped for the first time the 500-pound GBU-38 JDAM satellite-guided weapon.

As of March 2005, Sniper XR pods were equipping US Air Force F-15E, F-16 Block 50 and Air National Guard F-16 Block 30 aircraft. Follow-on procurements were expected to outfit the F-16 Block 40, F-15E and A-10 fleets. In addition, the pod was being evaluated to fulfill targeting requirements on the B-1 and B-52 aircraft. In May 2005, the US Air Force released that the Sniper XR advanced targeting pod was successfully deployed in Iraq on the F-15E Strike Eagle. These aircraft flew more than 450 missions in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. Sniper XR was integrated onto the US Air Force and Air National Guard F-15E, F-16 Block 30/40/50, A-10 and was being integrated on the B-1B Lancer.

Sniper XR Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) achieved initial operational capability (IOC) with the Air National Guard (ANG) on 21 April 2006. The unit involved was the F-16-equipped 174th Fighter Wing based in Syracuse, New York.

Sniper XR Applications

Combat Aircraft A-10A Thunderbolt II A-10C Thunderbolt II B-1B Lancer B-52H Stratofortress F-15 Silent Eagle F-15E Strike Eagle F-16C Block 32 F-16C Block 40 F-16C Block 42 F-16C Block 50 F-16C Block 52 F-16C Fighting Falcon F-16D Block 32 F-16D Block 40 F-16D Block 42 F-16D Block 50 F-16D Block 52 F-16D Fighting Falcon

Sniper XR Specifications

Diameter: 300 millimeter (11.8 inch)
Length: 2.39 meter
Weight: 180 kilogram (397 pound)
CEP: Circular Error Probable
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Sniper XR News

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Wednesday, December 20, 2017US Air Force Awards Contract to Lockheed Martin to Sustain, Upgrade Sniper Pods
Thursday, October 22, 2015US Air Force to Upgrade Sniper Pods to Sensor-Enhanced Standard
Tuesday, September 15, 2015Field Tests Prove INFIRNO Sensor System Performance
Thursday, April 30, 2015Lockheed Martin Delivers 1,000th Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod
Monday, March 17, 2014USAF Sniper ATP-SE Pod Achieves Initional Operational Capability
Thursday, July 25, 2013Sniper XR Targeting Pod Achieves Operational Flight Status on US Air Force B-52H Bombers
Friday, March 22, 2013US Air Force B-52 Bomber Upgraded with Sniper XR Targeting Pod
Wednesday, January 16, 2013Lockheed Martin Receives US Air Force Approval For Sniper Pod Full-Rate Production Under ATP-SE Program
Monday, March 12, 2012Lockheed Martin Receives Sniper Post Production Contract
Thursday, January 12, 2012US Air Force to Deploy B-1B Close-Air Support Capability

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