The US Air Force Reserve Command (AFRC) successfully integrated the Litening II
precision targeting system into its B-52H. The B-52H is the seventh US military
aircraft type to integrate a Litening system.
Combined efforts of the AFRC, the Boeing company, the Northrop-Grumman
corporation and Rafael made possible successful Litening II targeting system
integration on the B-52.
It was released that a B-52 bomber dropped GBU-12 laser guided bombs during
operation Iraqi Freedom using a Litening II targeting system.
Litening II is a self-contained, multisensor laser target designating and
navigation system that enables fighter pilot to accurate delivery of both
conventional and precision-guided weapons. Litening II consists of a FLIR
camera, a CCD-TV, a laser spot tracker/rangefinder, an infrared marker and a
laser designator. It allows laser target designation from above 40,000 feet
The US Air Force recently also awarded a $33 million contract to
Northrop-Grumman to provide 24 Litening ER targeting systems for use aboard
F-15E Strike Eagle aircraft.
The Litening ER is an improved derivative of Litening II precision targeting
system featuring a 640x512 pixel FLIR camera.
Currently, the Litening ER precision targeting pods are fielded with F-16 and
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