Raytheon’s Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pod, which delivers superior electro-optical/infrared imagery and target detection range for air-to-air and air-to-ground mission support, has achieved more than 1 million hours of operational flight on the U.S. Navy F/A-18 Super Hornet.
“This achievement is a testament to the unmatched accuracy and performance of ATFLIR,” said Mark Sims, director of Strategy and Business Development for Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance Systems at Raytheon’s Space and Airborne Systems business. “Raytheon will continue providing critical information to naval aviators and support to U.S. Navy mission effectiveness.”
The U.S. Navy’s targeting pod of record, ATFLIR has been fully integrated and flight-tested on all F/A-18 aircraft models. ATFLIR offers a common optical path and continuous auto-boresight technology that generates the most precise target coordinates available, allowing the war fighter to respond quickly to enemy threats.
“Surpassing 1 million flight hours is a significant milestone for the ATFLIR,” said Capt. Frank Morley, U.S. Navy F/A-18 and EA-18G program manager. “The ATFLIR has been and will continue to be a critical subsystem for the Hornet and Super Hornet in supporting war fighters on the ground and in overseas contingency operations.”
In coordination with the Navy, Raytheon continues to improve ATFLIR performance and advanced capabilities. Recent technology upgrades include infrared marker and imagery enhancements.