Belgium Orders Lockheed’s ATP

By Tish Drake | February 7, 2007
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Lockheed Martin received a firm fixed-price foreign military sales contract from the Belgium Defense for eight Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP). Terms of the contract were not released. The contract also includes training and support equipment for the pods, Lockheed Martin said. Deliveries are expected this year. Lockheed Martin, Bethesda, Md., said the pods allow aircrews to positively identify armed insurgents from extended standoff ranges. The deal makes Belgium Defense the fifth international customer to join the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard flying with the Sniper ATP. The U.S. Air Force initial seven-year contract for Sniper ATP has potential value in excess of $843 million. The Sniper ATP has delivered over 125 pods and the U.S. Air Force plans to procure at least 522 Sniper ATPs. Sniper ATP-equipped F-16s and F-15s act as guardians for Special Forces and allied convoys by providing silent, unseen support and scouting the route ahead. Ground troops are able to see what the Sniper ATP sees, making their jobs easier and shortening the time it takes to put ordnance on target.  Sniper ATP is flying on the U.S. Air Force and multinational F-15s, F-16s and A-10 and is being integrated on the B-1.

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