Boeing to upgrade B-1 Targeting Pod software

  • 10-Dec-2009 10:17 EST
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An upgrade to the Laptop Controlled Targeting Pod software will add additional capability to the B-1 bomber aircraft's targeting system by allowing it to more accurately identify both stationary and moving targets.

Boeing received a $23 million contract from the U.S. Air Force for Phase 2 of the B-1 Laptop Controlled Targeting Pod software upgrade. The upgrade will enable the B-1 bomber aircraft's targeting pod to find stationary targets and automatically send the target GPS coordinates via the B-1's avionics system to the weapons. This removes the need to enter the coordinates manually, reducing both response time and the potential for error. Phase 2 will complete the integration of the Sniper pod with the B-1 software to deliver single-moving-target kill capability using the Guided Bomb Unit-54 Laser Joint Direct Attack. The software is expected to enter testing in February 2011.

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