Taiwan intends to purchase Lockheed Martin Pathfinder/Sharpshooter navigation and targeting pods for its fleet of Lockheed Martin F-16A/B interceptors.

The 28 sets of navigation/targeting pods, plus related hardware and training worth an estimated $160 million, are being purchased through US Department of Defense (DoD) foreign military sale channels. The Pentagon says Taiwan will use the pods to provide its F-16A/Bs with a low altitude navigation and targeting capability.

Taiwan is taking delivery of 150 F-16A/Bs. Interface software provisions were included when the deal was signed three years ago, so that the US-made fighters could be upgraded to accept the Pathfinder/ Sharpshooter pods once they had been cleared for sale to Taiwan.

Source: Flight International