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    ASELPOD to become operational mid-2011

    Turkish media (Gündem AselPod bulacak F16lar vuracak ZAMAN) 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.



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    Wow! It looks JUST like an AN/AAQ-14 LANTIRN! What a coincidence!

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    Quote Originally Posted by denizkuvetleri View Post
    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.
    Very interesting, since Sniper received IOC in April 2006....
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    Foolish Turkish Air Force Officials spend $118 Million on junky Sniper Pods.....

    Lockheed Martin Awarded $118 Million Contract To Provide Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods and LANTIRN ER Navigation Pods To Turkish Air Force

    ORLANDO, FL, January 6th, 2010 -- Lockheed Martin has signed a foreign military sales contract to deliver Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods (ATPs) and LANTIRN™ Enhanced Resolution (ER) navigation pods to the Turkish Air Force. Valued at $118 million, the contract will provide Sniper ATP and LANTIRN ER navigation pods to equip Turkish Air Force F-16 Block 40 and Block 50 Peace Onyx aircraft.

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    Lockheed Martin Awarded $118 Million Contract To Provide Sniper® Advanced Targeting Pods and LANTIRN ER Navigation Pods To Turkish Air Force | Lockheed Martin
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    Quote Originally Posted by highsea View Post
    Foolish Turkish Air Force Officials spend $118 Million on junky Sniper Pods.....
    The January 6, 2010 acquisition is for the 30 new F-16's Turkey is acquiring. The USA does not allow integration of indegenous Turkish systems onto the newly purchased falcons.

    Turkey was one of the first countries to have the LITENING pods.

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    Why would Turkey buy more of a targeting pod it is not happy with ? There are other alternatives on the market, fully compatible and in use with F-16.

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    Quote Originally Posted by denizkuvetleri View Post
    The January 6, 2010 acquisition is for the 30 new F-16's Turkey is acquiring. The USA does not allow integration of indegenous Turkish systems onto the newly purchased falcons.
    The 30 new frames are Block 50 C/D's. The Lockheed Press release says the Sniper ATP's are for Block 40's and Block 50's. So obviously some of the new Sniper pods will be used on existing frames.

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    Turkey was one of the first countries to have the LITENING pods.
    But that's not what you said, is it? You said Turkish officials were dissatisfied with the Sniper ATP's they acquired prior to 2005, and that was the rationale to build the ASELPOD.

    In 2005 the Sniper ATP was in IOT&E with the USAF in Iraq. A handful of them. The Sniper ATP didn't get IOC until 2006, which means your statement is flatly wrong.

    I don't care what Turkey makes or doesn't make. If you can't get your facts straight, I will continue to correct you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by highsea View Post
    The 30 new frames are Block 50 C/D's. The Lockheed Press release says the Sniper ATP's are for Block 40's and Block 50's. So obviously some of the new Sniper pods will be used on existing frames.

    But that's not what you said, is it? You said Turkish officials were dissatisfied with the Sniper ATP's they acquired prior to 2005, and that was the rationale to build the ASELPOD.

    In 2005 the Sniper ATP was in IOT&E with the USAF in Iraq. A handful of them. The Sniper ATP didn't get IOC until 2006, which means your statement is flatly wrong.

    I don't care what Turkey makes or doesn't make. If you can't get your facts straight, I will continue to correct you.
    Highsea, I am just merely quoting Turkish sources.

    They could have mixed up the Sniper ATP with the LANTIRN pod....I don't know to be honest.

    N.B. The ASELPOD is based on the ASELFLIR-300T which is used on the TAI/AGUSTA T129 ATAK, ANKA MALE UAV and Turkish HERON's etc.

    ASELSAN ASELFLIR-300T Airborne FLIR
    Manufacturer: ASELSAN Elektronik Sanayi ve Ticaret A.Þ.

    Description : ASELFLIR-300T is a multi-sensor 3rd generation electro-optical targeting and surveillance system. ASELFLIR-300T fulfills multiple mission requirements including; Pilotage / Navigation, Surveillance, Target Search, Track, Locate and Designation.

    Having a flexible hardware and software design architecture, the system can be used on different platforms ranging from rotary, fixed wing and unmanned air vehicles to naval ships.

    ASELFLIR-300T System includes a High Resolution Infra Red (IR) Camera, a Laser Rangefinder / Designator (LRF/D), a Laser Spot Tracker (LST), a Color TV Camera and a Color Spotter Camera. The system consists of the following Weapons Replaceable Assemblies (WRAs); Turret Unit (TU), Electronics Unit (EU), Hand Control Unit (HCU), Boresight Module (BSM).

    Specifications : Parameter : ASELFLIR-300T
    Automatic Target Recognition system
    Thermal Camera FOVs : Wide FOV: 22.5 x 30 degrees (+/-10 percent)
    Medium FOV: 4.8 x 6.4 degrees (+/-10 percent) Narrow FOV: 1.32 x 1.75 degrees (+/-10 percent)
    IR Detector : 7 x 576 Focal Plane Array
    IR Detection Band : 7.6 -10.5 micrometers
    Digital Zoom : 2x or 4x
    Video Tracking : Multi Target
    Image Resolution : 1440 (H) x 576 (W)
    Day-TV Camera FOVs : 40 degrees to 2 degrees (optical continuous) and 12x (digital)
    Spotter Camera : Fixed Focal Length, 0.7 x 0.9 degree (+/-10 percent)
    Laser Range Finder : Up to 20 km, ± 15 m resolution
    Gimbal Field of Regard : Azimuth: 360 degrees continuous
    Elevation: min. 20 degrees up; 105 degrees down
    Gimbal Angular Speed : Up to 3 rad/second
    Gimbal Angular Position : < 2 mrad (RMS) <br>
    Environmental Conditions : MIL-E-5400
    Communication Interface : MIL-STD-1553 / RS-422
    Video Output : 3 Analog composite (50 Hz) and a Digital output
    Cooling / Heating : Internal
    Weight : Turret Unit: 93 kg (full configuration)
    Electronic Unit: 23 kg
    Dimensions : Turret Unit: 633 mm (height) x 526 mm (diameter)
    Electronic Unit: 315 mm (width) x 470 mm (length) x 255

    http://defenceproducts.ssm.gov.tr/Pa...catId=1&pId=47

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