USAF F-16 fighter pilots could be benefiting from the improved capabilities of the Raytheon Terminator advanced targeting pod (ATP) by 2003.

The pod is designed to augment the service's existing inventory of laser designators and night vision pods, rather than replace the current in-service LANTIRN pod. According to the company, the pod's long-range forward looking infra-red detection, tracking, target recognition and identification capabilities are unparalleled.

Initially 168 pods are to be acquired to equip 168 Block 30 and 50 F-16s, says Jim Neu, Raytheon's senior director of electro-optical systems. The US Air National Guard could also be a potential customer.

Source: Flight Daily News