A member of the DSB study group told National Defense in 2001 that the most significant reason why the Pentagon should not consolidate the Navy and the Air Force programs was the cost associated with canceling the ATFLIR
, if the Air Force decided that it did not meet its requirements.
An aircraft in the hangar bay had an ATFLIR
pod that still needed the torque stripes to be painted.
Even though the ATFLIR
still is being tested, it was installed on three F/A-l8Es deployed on the Abraham Lincoln.
pod delivers all-weather pinpoint accuracy and reliability for air-to-air and air-to-ground mission support, enabling aviators to perform their missions in the harshest conditions with maximum efficiency and security.
This achievement is a testament to the unmatched accuracy and performance of ATFLIR
," said Mark Sims, director of Strategy and Business Development for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems at Raytheon's Space and Airborne Systems business.
Forward section of ATFLIR
fell off aircraft in flight.
is the baseline infrared system for the F/A-18 E/F, which will also be deployed on earlier model F/A-18s.
pod and exchange it with another ATFLIR
This capability insertion advances system technology and mission capabilities ensuring that ATFLIR
will continue to play a critical role in the U.
Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared: Laser technology enables Raytheon's ATFLIR
to locate and designate targets at all times of day and at ranges exceeding 40 nautical miles.
Operating at full production and eligible for foreign military sales, ATFLIR
is the Navy's program of record for the F/A-18 Super Hornet.
allows target recognition and tracking at altitudes and ranges substantially greater than those of other targeting systems.