In­dia chooses Liten­ing G4 for com­bat air­craft fleet


Is­rael’s Rafael Ad­vanced Sys­tems en­tered De­fexpo 2014 in New Delhi on a high, af­ter re­port­edly bag­ging a mas­sive con­tract for over 150 Liten­ing tar­get­ing pods for the In­dian Air Force’s (IAF) com­bat air­craft fleet. A spokesper­son for Rafael wouldn’t con­firm de­tails but in­di­cated to SP’s that the Liten­ing pod had been cho­sen by the IAF for its front­line fighter air­craft, in­clud­ing the Su-30MKI, MiG-29 and oth­ers. The Liten­ing G4, which be­gan to be de­liv­ered to the US forces in 2008, is, ac­cord­ing Rafael part­ner Northrop Grum- man, a com­bat proven, self-con­tained, multi-sen­sor tar­get­ing and sur­veil­lance sys­tem, en­abling air­crews to de­tect, ac­quire, auto-track and iden­tify tar­gets at ex­tremely long ranges for weapon de­liv­ery or non-tra­di­tional in­tel­li­gence, sur­veil­lance and re­con­nais­sance mis­sions. Liten­ing’s 1K FLIR, 1K charged-cou­pled de­vice (CCD), laser imag­ing sen­sors, ad­vanced im­age pro­cess­ing and dig­i­tal video out­put pro­vide su­pe­rior im­agery, al­low­ing air­crews to iden­tify and en­gage tar­gets un­der a wide range of bat­tle­field con­di­tions. In­te­grated on a wide va­ri­ety of air­craft in­clud­ing the AV-8B, A-10A/C, B-52H, EA-6Bs, F-15E, F-16 and F/A-18, Liten­ing is in oper­a­tion with the US Air Force, Air Na­tional Guard, Air Force Re­serve Com­mand, US Ma­rine Corps and sev­eral other na­tions.

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