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Lockheed Martin has received a direct commercial sale contract from the Bahrain Defense Force to provide Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for its F-16 fleet.

Under the $22.45 million contract, Lockheed Martin will deliver ATPs, spares and support equipment for integration. To meet the BDF’s urgent operational need, pod deliveries will begin in early 2018.
Paul Lemmo, vice president of Fire Control/Special Operations Forces Contractor Logistics Support Services at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control said:

“Sniper ATP will provide the BDF with critical targeting capability and will support greater overall mission success.

With demand for Sniper ATP continuing to grow worldwide, we are committed to maintaining the pod’s proven reliability and sustainability.”

According to Lockheed:

“Sniper ATP detects, identifies, automatically tracks and laser-designates small tactical targets at long ranges. It also supports employment of all laser- and GPS-guided weapons against multiple fixed and moving targets.

Sniper ATP is interoperable across multiple platforms, including U.S. Air Force and multinational F-2, F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, B-1, B-52 and Typhoon aircraft.”

Bahrain, the company say, are now 25th international customer for the programme.

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