Lockheed Martin will supply Pakistan with 15 Sniper advanced targeting pods (ATP), and upgrade 22 units already in service aboard Karachi’s F-16 fleet.
The work was awarded through the US government’s Foreign Military Sales mechanism, says Lockheed.
“To meet the Pakistan air force’s urgent operational need, pod deliveries will begin in late 2015,” the company says. “Upgrades, which will increase compatibility with the aircraft and enable enhanced features, will also begin in late 2015.”
According to Lockheed, the Sniper ATP “provides high-resolution imagery for precision targeting, surveillance and reconnaissance missions”.
Pakistan’s air force has been increasingly active in recent years, attacking insurgent positions in the west of the country.
Flightglobal’s Ascend Fleets database shows that Pakistan operates 45 F-16A/C fighters.