Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Lockheed Martin ATP Completes Second Phase
Lockheed Martin said Monday it completed Phase 2 of its Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) B-52 integration program at Barksdale Air Force Base, La. The company said the integration will provide long-range, positive target identification and video downlink capability to forward-deployed forces for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance. In the latest series of flights, Sniper ATP demonstrated its ability to operate on the B-52, proving its extended laser range capability, precision long range target tracking and moving multi-target track. “The Sniper pod demonstrated exceptional high-altitude performance,” said Maj. Chris Chandler, Operations Flight Commander with the 49th Test and Evaluation Squadron. “The picture quality was just unreal. In multi-target track, the track boxes stayed exactly where I placed them, the range from which I could identify targets was equally impressive.” In August, the U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin a Phase 3 Sniper ATP B-52 integration contract. Phase 3 includes full integration of the Sniper ATP on the B-52 with a new multi-function color display and digital-integrated hand controller.