SOURCE: DEEPAK HILORI/ FOR MY TAKE / IDRW.ORG
Lockheed Martin plans to shift manufacturing of certain parts and subsystems of its Legion-ES infrared search and track (IRST) sensor system and Sniper advanced targeting pod to Tata Lockheed Martin Aerostructures Limited (TLMAL) in Hyderabad, India for which the company is trying to secure permissions from the US congress to enable this deal to happen soon.
In India, French, Indian, and Russian combat jets that have one thing in common are the Israeli made Rafael Litening targeting pod that continues to be adopted on all the jets in air force inventory. IAF started of with Litening III and has progressed to Litening 4 and the Litening 4 I that come equipped with upgraded infrared cameras and a charge-coupled device color camera to help identify targets on the ground, particularly dense areas.
Rafael Litening targeting pods are used in four types of fighter jets are in operation in India and recently also are seen on Rafale F3R fighter jets for sensor commonality across platforms in the Indian inventory and not the TALIOS targeting pod developed by French company Thales.
Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP) is an electro-optical targeting system housed in a single, lightweight pod. It handles the most challenging precision targeting and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR) air-to-air and air-to-ground missions in the land, sea, and air domains. Sniper ATP is used in 15 platforms globally but still falls short behind Litening targeting pods that are used in over 25 platforms globally and even by the USA, NATO, and many additional countries.