GEC-Marconi's Atlantic navigation pod and Lockheed Martin's Sharpshooter targeting pod have been selected by the Royal Netherlands Air Force as part of its Lockheed Martin F-16 mid-life upgrade. The Air Force has ordered 60 Atlantic forward-looking infra- red pods and ten Sharpshoooters worth a total of $90 million. Israel's Rafael had also been competing, offering its Litening navigation/ attack pod. Deliveries of the Atlantic pod will begin in July 1999, and the Sharpshooter is due to be delivered before April 2001.

Source: Flight International