Netherlands Orders 29 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods

Lockheed Martin is to supply 29 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATPs), plus support equipment, to equip the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF) F-16 fleet. The contract, which was announced by the manufacturer on October 5, was awarded through the Dutch Defence Materiel Organisation.

The deal also includes training and sustainment. The Netherlands becomes the 21st international customer to acquire this multi-mission system, expedited deliveries of which will begin in the first quarter of 2016. This will allow the RNLAF to rapidly deploy Sniper ATP to support its current mission requirements.

A Lockheed Martin performance-based logistics programme will support the pods. Depot repairs will be carried out when required at Warner Robins Air Logistics Complex, Georgia. Alan Warnes