A B-1B Lancer from the 37th Bomb Squadron, Ellsworth Air Force Base, S.D., (Master Sgt. Lance Cheung / Lance S. Cheung)
The U.S. Air Force has declared initial operational capability for a sensor configuration of the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod.
The variant, called Sniper ATP-SE, provides U.S. Air Force strike fighter and bomber aircraft with advanced modes for non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance; improved combat identification; expanded air-to-air and maritime capability; and two-way data link communication, according to a news release by manufacturer Lockheed Martin, which won the Sniper ATP-SE competition in 2010.
Sniper ATP-SE is equipped with Net-T capability, which enables a point-to-multipoint networking architecture. B-1 bombers at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas, were the first operational aircraft to deploy with the sensor system.
“Lockheed Martin manufactured more than 100 Sniper ATP-SE pods and successfully trained squadrons to operate and maintain the system,” said Ken Fuhr, director of fixed wing programs at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. "This significant achievement enables the U.S. Air Force and Air National Guard to deploy Sniper ATP-SE worldwide on the A-10C, B-1, F-15E and F-16 Blocks 30, 40 and 50 for increased performance and situational awareness.”