|The Lockheed Martin Legion Pod. Photo: Lockheed Martin|
[Avionics Today 02-13-2015] Lockheed Martin has introduced a multi-function sensor system that supports collaborative targeting operations between multiple aircraft in radar-denied environments, called the Legion Pod, for use on today’s warfighters. Combining Lockheed Martin's IRST21 infrared sensor with networking and data processing technology, Legion Pod allows warfighter pilots to detect and track airborne targets. The sensor system also accommodates additional sensors within its current structure to address diverse mission requirements across a variety of platforms.
"Legion Pod fills a critical need for today's warfighters, providing unique detection and tracking data for joint targeting operations," said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.
Legion Pod is available to support the current F-15C infrared search and track program of record, which requires long-range detection and tracking in a wide field of view. It also supports the emerging Multi-Domain Adaptable Processing System (MAPS) and offers advanced capability for a variety of platforms, including non-fighter aircraft. Initial flight tests will occur this year, with additional flight tests planned for 2016.