Air-Launched Weapons

Kuwaiti Hornets to get Sniper targeting pods

16 May 2017

Lockheed Martin announced on 15 May it will begin deliveries of its AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) to the Kuwaiti Air Force (KAF) in 2018.

It said the pods had been ordered for the KAF's F/A-18C/D Hornet multirole fighters to meet an urgent operational requirement.

"Sniper ATP provides critical targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance support in challenging threat environments," Paul Lemmo, vice president of Fire Control/Special Operations Forces Contractor Logistics Support Services at Lockheed Martin said. "By integrating Sniper ATP on its Hornet aircraft, the Kuwait Air Force continues expanding operational capabilities across its fighter fleet."

The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced in November 2015 that the US State Department had approved the sale of 14 Sniper pods for the KAF's Hornets under a deal estimated to be worth USD115 million.

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