Northrop Grumman has received an initial order from the U.S. Air ForceÂ to supply targeting pods that are equipped with a digital video technology and designed to help aicrews locateÂ targets at a long range.
The company said Tuesday it will provideÂ updatedÂ LITENINGÂ sensors that process full-color videos withÂ a more thanÂ 1K-by-1KÂ resolution to help military users understand a combat environment.
The pod'sÂ design allows for modified configurationsÂ and supports post-mission analysis. It also features anÂ eye-safe mode and anÂ automatic laser code display.
â€œLITENINGâ€™s color video capability works with the way we naturally see the world to give warfighters in the cockpit and on the ground more complete situational understanding in less time,â€ said Ryan Tintner, vice president ofÂ navigation, targeting and surveillance at Northrop.
Tintner added that that technology can function inÂ close air support, search-and-rescue orÂ surveillance missions.
Northrop has produced nearlyÂ 900 LITENING systems for U.S. and international defense customers.