The U.S. Air Force awarded Lockheed Martin [LMT] a delivery order to provide 14 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATPs) to the Kuwait air force for its F/A-18C/D Hornets.

This new order was added under the company’s existing foreign military sales indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity contract. It includes 14 ATPs, spares, support equipment, and integration.

Sniper ATP on a U.S. Air Force F-16. Photo: U.S. Air Force.
Sniper ATP on a U.S. Air Force F-16. Photo: U.S. Air Force.

The Sniper ATP detects, identifies, automatically tracks, and laser-designates small tactical targets at long ranges. It also supports the use of laser- and GPS-guided weapons against multiple fixed and moving targets, the company said.

The company said this order is meant to address the urgent operational needs of the Kuwait air force.

“Sniper ATP provides critical targeting and non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance support in challenging threat environments. By integrating Sniper ATP on its Hornet aircraft, the Kuwait air force continues expanding operational capabilities across its fighter fleet,” Paul Lemmo, vice president of fire control/special operations forces contractor logistics support services at Lockheed Martin’s missiles and fire control division, said in a statement.

ATP deliveries are set to start in 2018.

The F/A-18 Hornet is built by Boeing [BA].