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Kuwait to integrate Lockheed's Sniper ATP on its F/A-18 fighter aircraft.

| 2015
World Aviation Defense & Security News - Kuwait
Kuwait to integrate Lockheed's Sniper ATP on its F/A-18 fighter aircraft
The US State Department has approved a possible Foreign Military Sale to the Government of Kuwait for Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) and associated equipment, parts and logistical support for an estimated cost of $115 million. The principal contractor will be Lockheed Martin Missile and Fire Control, Orlando, Florida, the US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) announced yesterday, Nov. 5, 2015.
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The Government of Kuwait has requested a possible sale of fourteen AN/AAQ-33 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP).

Non-MDE items included in this request are associated equipment, spares, accessories, and airworthiness certification. The sale will include the above system integration on the purchaser's F/A-18 aircraft along with improvements in the on-board mission computer software suites. Operational support for these modifications will be provided through upgrades. Also included in this request are systems integration and testing, software development/integration, test sets, support equipment, spares, repair parts, maintenance and pilot training, publications and technical documents, U.S. Government and contractor technical assistance, and other related elements of logistics, engineering and program support. The estimated cost of MDE is $50 million. The total estimated cost is $115 million.

Kuwait has requested the Sniper ATP due to its compatibility with the latest precision-guided weapons and capability of detecting, identifying, and engaging multiple moving and fixed targets in air-to-air and air-to-ground engagements. Integration of the Sniper ATP on Kuwait’s F/A-18 aircraft would enhance its ability to protect itself against possible aggression from foreign forces.

Sniper ATP provides pilots high-resolution imagery for precision targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance missions. Sniper ATP detects, identifies, automatically tracks and laser designates small tactical targets at long ranges. It also supports employment of all laser and GPS-guided weapons against multiple fixed and moving targets. A video datalink enables pilots to share real-time video with troops on the ground for improved situational awareness and rapid target coordination.



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