Sniper to Receive Video Down-Link Capabilities


Released on Tuesday, May 23, 2006
United States of America
A-10A Thunderbolt II
B-1B Lancer
F-15E Strike Eagle
F-16C Block 52
F-16D Block 52
Sniper XR
ATP - Advanced Targeting Pod
NT-ISR - Non-Traditional Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance
Lockheed Martin received a U.S. Air Force cost-plus contract worth approximately $9 million to upgrade Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) with video down link capabilities.

Video down link enables simultaneous transmission of the Sniper ATP's cockpit video to Man Pack Rover III ground-based receivers. This eye-in-the-sky capability greatly increases Sniper ATP's close air support utility by supplying ground troops with higher situational awareness for operations in hostile urban environments.

Today, Sniper ATP-equipped F-16s and F-15s act as guardians for Special Forces and allied convoys by providing silent, unseen support and identifying suspicious activity. With the new video down link capability, the ground troops will be able to see what the Sniper ATP sees, making their jobs easier and shortening the time it takes to put ordnance on target.

Sniper's exceptional stability and superior imagery allow aircrews to positively identify armed insurgents from extended standoff ranges. Combining Sniper ATP and its new video down link capability broadens warfighters' range of options when fulfilling traditional tactical missions and when meeting the demands of non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (NT-ISR); and raid support for ground forces.

Sniper ATPs are currently flying on the U.S. Air Force F-15E, and F-16; and are in developmental flight test on the A-10 and being integrated on the B-1. Sniper ATPs have accumulated over 20,000 flight hours in more than 3,000 sorties in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom.

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