"The LLDR has been at the core of Army ground targeting for more than a decade, and the innovations in the 2H provide even greater accuracy to support the Army's missions into the future," said Bob Gough, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman.
The LLDR 2H hybrid sensor solution fuses data from a digital magnetic compass and celestial navigation sensors to provide high accuracy target location and long-range imaging to allow warfighters greater leverage to shape the field of engagement.
The LLDR 2H system also features Northrop Grumman's patented thermal diode pumping technology for designation, which consumes less power than older lasers, yet yields greater output energy and lower beam divergence.
If possible, contact your local CECOM or TACOM LAR to get the information you need to turn in your LLDR for updating.
If you must use the LLDR before you get the updated software, there is a work-around that can temporarily solve the problem.
Remember to verify the MAGVAR is the most current for your area before providing coordinates that will require a call for fire based solely on the LLDR coordinates.
A first evolutionary step came with the LLDR
2 which maintained the same TLM but added a new diode pumped laser module (DLDM).
Engineers at Fort Sill's Army Artillery School and at Northrop Grumman also are working to try to lower the weight of LLDR, which now stands at 35 pounds.
He pointed out that, when the laser designator module is removed, the LLDR becomes 12 pounds lighter.
"I can see how it might seem a little disingenuous to call LLDR 'lightweight' at 35 pounds, but it definitely is light when compared to its predecessors--the MULE and GLLD systems used by the Marines and Army."