Northrop to Produce AF Targeting Pods; Jim Mocarski Comments

Jim Mocarski

Northrop Grumman (NYSE: NOC) has won a $71.5 million U.S. Air Force order to begin full-rate production of new targeting pods and sensors, the company announced Monday.

In 2010, the company won a $920 million contract to produce the LITENING SE pods under the Advanced Targeting Pod – Sensor Enhancement program.

Pilots use the pods to view infrared and visible imagery of both airborne and ground targets.

The company integrates sensor, laser imaging and data link technology when producing the pods, said Jim Mocarski, vice president of the electro-optical/infrared business unit.

Pilots use the pods detect, acquire, auto-track and identify targets for delivery of both conventional and precision-guided weapons.

LITENING SE includes technologies such as infrared and charge-coupled device sensors, short-wave infrared laser imaging sensors, color symbology, trackers, zoom and two-way multiband data link.

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