Sniper pods for Japanese F-2s

Lockheed Martin and  Mitsubishi Heavy Industries signed a contract this week to integrate the Sniper targeting pod  onto the Japan Air Self-Defense Force’s (JASDF) Mitsubishi F-2 fighter aircraft. This initial contract includes a Sniper pod, spares and support equipment for integration. The F-2 is the eighth aircraft platform to be equipped with Sniper pod, joining the F-15, F-16, F-18, A-10, B-1, B-52 and Harrier.

“Sniper’s proven performance and low life cycle cost will provide necessary support to the JASDF mission,” said Marc Nazon, Sniper international program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. “Integrating Sniper on the F-2 also enables increased collaboration in US Air Force and JASDF joint combat operations.”

Lockheed Martin will work with Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, the prime aircraft manufacturer, to complete Sniper ATP integration on the F-2. Follow-on contracts are expected to include additional pods, spares, logistics and support equipment for the F-2 fleet.

Source: Lockheed Martin
Featured image (top): An F-2, seen at an airshow in Japan. (Image © Robert van Zon)