Electronic Weapons: February 16, 2003


Since the late 1990s, the Israeli made Litening targeting pod has been replacing the older Lantirn pods on American aircraft, or equipping reserve and National Guard warplanes that previously lacked such equipment. Now the Litening pod is equipping National Guard A-10s. These aircraft are using the latest version; Litening ER. This 440 pound, 87 inch long, $1.22 million pod, turns the A-10 into an all-weather aircraft that is much more effective with it's 30mm gun, missiles and smart bombs. If there's a way in Iraq, Litening equipped A-10s will probably be involved. 


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