03 Oktober 2016
The first image of the RTAF F-16BM with the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (photo : TAF)
RTAF ordered the Sniper ATP pod last year to be equipped with F-16AM/BM of 403 sqn which undergone the eMLU upgrade and to replace the Altis II and Rubis pod.
The first photo of RTAF F-16 with Sniper ATP was photographed today in the rehersal of the new RTAF CnC handover ceremony in Bangkok today.
Sniper ATP (photo : Lockheed Martin)
Sniper ATP is an electro-optical targeting system in a single, lightweight pod that is compatible with the latest precision-guided weapons for detecting, identifying and engaging multiple moving and fixed targets in air-to-air and air-to-ground engagements. In addition to fulfilling strike mission requirements, Sniper is changing the way armed forces operate in theater to meet the challenges of nontraditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (NTISR).
With capabilities including long-range target detection and identification and continuous stabilized surveillance, Sniper enables aircrews to find and destroy targets outside of jet noise ranges. Sniper's two-way video datalink for communicating with forward-deployed forces, superior imagery, and weaponquality coordinates allow pilots to make rapid targeting decisions.