Northrop-Grumman Electronics Systems sector has successfully modified a Litening
ER (Extended Range) targeting and navigation pod to enable a data link between
an aircraft and a ground control station.
The items involved in this testing were a USMC AV-8B Harrier II and the ground
control station used for the Pioneer UAV. Evaluation flights were conducted at
USMC Air Station in Yuma, Arizona.
Cockpit imagery from the pod was successfully relayed to the Pioneer ground
Modifications to the Litening ER involved mounting a government-furnished
equipment data/video link transmitter compatible with the Pioneer UAV system in
the pod. The Litening ER also mounted a commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) transmit
antenna. The modification took less than a month to complete and had no adverse
effect on the functioning of the pod.
Litening ER is a self-contained, multisensor laser target designation and
navigation system that enables fighter pilots to detect, acquire, track and
identify ground targets for delivery of conventional an guided-precision
weapons. Litening ER features include a 640x512 pixel forward looking infrared
camera, CCD-TV, laser spot tracker/range finder, infrared marker and laser
Now the Litening pod is in service on USMC AV-8Bs, ANG (Air National Guard) and
AFRC (Air Force Reserve Command) F-16s, Italian and Spanish AV-8Bs.
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