Northrop Grumman Awarded LITENING Post Production Support Contract

ROLLING MEADOWS, Ill. — Northrop Grum­man Cor­po­ra­tion (NYSE:NOC) has been award­ed a post-pro­duc­tion sup­port con­tract by the U.S. Air Force.

Under the terms of this five-year-deliv­ery, indef­i­nite quan­ti­ty con­tract Northrop Grum­man will pro­vide the LITENING tar­get­ing pod pro­gram with G4 upgrade kits, updat­ed Oper­a­tional Flight Pro­grams, inte­gra­tion and flight tests with the F‑16 Block 30, F‑16 Block 40/50, A‑10C, F‑15E, B‑52 and B‑1 air­craft, along with oth­er stud­ies and analysis. 

“The U.S. Air Force appre­ci­ates Northrop Grumman’s assis­tance pro­vid­ing and sup­port­ing the LITENING Block 1 and G4 pods for the Air Com­bat Com­mand, Air Nation­al Guard and Air Force Reserve Com­mand,” said Kristo­pher Peter­son, U.S. Air Force Pre­ci­sion Attack Branch Lead. “We have seen tremen­dous results and tes­ti­mo­ni­als on LITENING per­for­mance from the field.” 

“This con­tract will give the U.S. Air Force the lat­est in tar­get­ing pod tech­nol­o­gy by upgrad­ing the fleet of LITENING pods to the G4 con­fig­u­ra­tion,” said Jim Mocars­ki, vice-pres­i­dent of the LITENING pro­gram at Northrop Grum­man. “It also pro­vides the vehi­cle for future upgrades that will keep them com­bat mis­sion-rel­e­vant for years to come.” 

The LITENING G4 pod tar­get­ing and sur­veil­lance sys­tem pro­vides unri­valed imagery using 1K for­ward-look­ing infrared (FLIR), 1K charge-cou­pled device (CCD) sen­sors, and wider field of view and enhanced zoom which deliv­er accu­rate tar­get iden­ti­fi­ca­tion at longer ranges for bat­tle­field con­di­tions than pre­vi­ous gen­er­a­tions of the LITENING tar­get­ing pods systems. 

Since its intro­duc­tion in 1999, the LITENING sys­tem has field­ed four spi­ral upgrades to ensure con­tin­ued com­bat rel­e­vance in an ever-chang­ing bat­tle­space. LITENING G4 is the fifth step in the evo­lu­tion of the LITENING fam­i­ly and applies the lat­est in sen­sor tech­nol­o­gy to achieve unprece­dent­ed lev­els of tar­get detec­tion, recog­ni­tion and iden­ti­fi­ca­tion ranges. 

Northrop Grum­man is a lead­ing glob­al secu­ri­ty com­pa­ny pro­vid­ing inno­v­a­tive sys­tems, prod­ucts and solu­tions in aero­space, elec­tron­ics, infor­ma­tion sys­tems, and tech­ni­cal ser­vices to gov­ern­ment and com­mer­cial cus­tomers world­wide. Please vis­it for more infor­ma­tion.
Alleace Gibbs
(410) 765‑1294


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