The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) and Lockheed-Martin have demonstrated
PANTERA advanced targeting pod data downlink capability on a Norwegian mid-life
updated F-16 aircraft at Bodo Air Force Base in Bodo, Norway.
The PANTERA targeting pod is the export variant of Lockheed-Martin's Sniper XR
targeting pod being integrated into US Air Force F-16C/D Fighting Falcon, F-15E
Strike Eagle and A-10 multi-role aircraft. This test represented the first time
Sniper XR product line shows up data downlink capability. The PANTERA targeting
pod was modified by RNoAF personnel at Bodo AFB in less than one hour to provide
The downlink capability demonstration included a ground-based safety-of-flight
electromagnetic compatibility test and two flying missions. The downlink
evaluation performed as predicted without affecting other aircraft systems,
which is the major concern when a new capability is added to an existing
aircraft. The test was witnessed by the RNoAF and the Norwegian Army.
The test consisted on the F-16 aircraft transmitting a real-time video (infrared
and day TV) stream to a downlink ground station. PANTERA imagery will provide
ground forces with situational awareness, precision targeting and shortens
timelines in coordinating air and ground operations. In addition, this critical
capability will support future net-centric operations conducted in conjunction
by Royal Norwegian Air Force and Norwegian Army.
The Sniper XR/PANTERA is compatible with currently fielded man-portable, ground
receiver stations (Rover III) and features a long-range line-of-sight video
transmission radius. The system also supports multiple simultaneous video
transmissions from aircraft equipped with Sniper/PANTERA targeting pods.
Additionally, PANTERA video transmission contains user-defined pod symbology,
aircraft display indications and GPS information.
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