ASELPOD to become operational mid-2011
Turkish media ([url=http://www.zaman.com.tr/haber.do?haberno=1024472&title=aselpod-bulacak-f16lar-vuracak]Gündem AselPod bulacak F16lar vuracak ZAMAN[/url]) has reported that ASELSAN (Turkish defence electronics giant) will begin delivering the ASELPOD Advanced Tageting Pod mid-2011. Turkey is planning to integrate the ASELPOD on all it's F-4E Terminator 2020, Simsek and F-16 CCIP.
The ASELPOD greatly increases the combat effectiveness of combat aircraft, allowing them to fly at very low altitudes, at night and under bad weather to attack ground targets with a variety of precision-guided weapons.
ASELSAN began developing the ASELPOD in 2005 after Turkish Air Force officials were not satisfied with the performance of the Sniper ATP they had procured.