Northrop Grumman receives award for new and upgraded LITENING targeting pods

Rolling Meadows, Ill. September 19, 2019 Photo(s): By Northrop Grumman
Northrop Grumman's LITENING advanced targeting pod includes a suite of advanced sensors and data link options for a wide range of targeting and surveillance missions.

The US Air Force has awarded Northrop Grumman Corporation a $141 million indefinite delivery, indefinite quantity (IDIQ) task order for new LITENING advanced targeting pods and upgrades that will bring existing pods up to the current configuration.

"LITENING was designed for, and has provided, an affordable and rapid upgrade path to our users," said Brent Toland, vice president, land and avionics C4ISR, Northrop Grumman. "This task order demonstrates the enduring value and performance LITENING provides customers in integrating relevant mission capabilities."

LITENING features high definition video, 1K FLIR sensors, laser imaging sensors and multiple plug-and-play data link options. Any LITENING pod can be upgraded to the latest configuration.

LITENING is in service with major components of the US Air Force, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard, Marine Corps and several international customers. It has been integrated on a wide range of platforms, including AV-8B, A-10, B-52, C-130, F-15, F-16, F/A-18 and MQ-9.