Testing began in June with a series of familiarization and Operational Utility Evaluation (OUE) flights on the F-15E Strike Eagle at Nellis AFB. Based on the successful flights on the F-15E, the testing was expanded to the Block 30 and 50 variants of the F-16. The four test sites subjected four test pods to 37 sorties in order to develop a comprehensive performance assessment.
"Sniper XR is on track to enter qualification testing and evaluation (QT&E) by the end of September," said Lockheed Martin's Sniper Program Director Ken Fuhr. "This rigorous testing program provides a high degree of confidence that Sniper XR will provide the advanced capabilities that aircrews need in today's threat environment."
Sniper's superior performance includes exceptional stability, long-range identification of tactical targets, outstanding image processing, and supersonic flight. A precision targeting system in a single, lightweight, affordable pod, Sniper XR is designed for current and future fighter aircraft.
Incorporating a high-resolution, mid-wave 3rd generation FLIR, a dual-mode laser and a CCD-TV along with a laser spot tracker and a laser marker, Sniper vastly improves target detection/identification. The advanced image processing algorithms, combined with rock-steady stabilization techniques, deliver three times the performance of the best systems in service today.
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