Taiwan Joins Ten Other Nations That Fly the LANTIRN Night Vision System Under a $106.2 Million FMS Contract
ORLANDO, FL, January 7th, 1999 -- "Taiwan will become the 10th foreign customer to select Lockheed Martin's LANTIRN night vision system for its fighter aircraft, under a U.S. Air Force Foreign Military Sales (FMS) program contract potentially worth $106.2 million. Lockheed Martin Electronics & Missiles of Orlando, Florida will deliver 20 Sharpshooter targeting pods and 20 Pathfinder navigation pods for integration on Taiwan's fleet of F-16 aircraft by October 2001.
Pathfinder and Sharpshooter are derivatives of the LANTIRN system, which Lockheed Martin initially developed for U.S. Air Force F-15E and F-16C/D fighters.
Pathfinder permits pilots to fly in total darkness and reduced visibility. Sharpshooter enables the pilot to pinpoint targets from standoff ranges day or night and in bad weather.
In addition to Taiwan, nine other foreign customers, the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Navy have ordered or fly the LANTIRN or LANTIRN-type systems.
With company headquarters located in Orlando, Lockheed Martin Electronics & Missiles is a world leader in electro-optics, smart munitions, anti armor and air defense systems. The company is an operating element of Lockheed Martin Electronics Sector, based in Bethesda, Maryland.