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US Delivers ‘Sniper’ Weapon Pods for F-16 Combat Jets to Netherlands

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The Netherlands Air Force has received 14 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods for air-to-ground firepower support, according to Lockheed Martin statementr.

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WASHINGTON (Sputnik) — The Netherlands Air Force has received 14 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods (ATP) for air-to-ground firepower support, defense contractor Lockheed Martin announced in a news release.

"Lockheed Martin recently completed rapid delivery of 14 Sniper Advanced Targeting Pods to the Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNLAF), outfitting a squadron in support of urgent mission requirements," the release stated on Wednesday.

Five of the 14 Sniper ATPs were delivered within 180 days of the contract to be deployed on the RNLAF’s US-built F-16s Fighting Falcon jets, Lockheed Martin explained.

Initial training, spares and support equipment were also provided, according to the release.

Lockheed Martin described the Sniper ATP as "an electro-optical and infrared imaging targeting system that comes encased in a lightweight pod compatible with the latest precision-guided weapons."

Another 15 ATP units will be delivered to the Netherlands by early 2017, Lockheed Martin added.

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