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Raytheon’s Advanced Targeting Forward Looking Infrared pod delivers pinpoint accuracy and reliability for air-to-air and air-to-ground mission support.

ATFLIR’s unmatched technical advantages enable aviators to perform their missions, in the harshest conditions, with maximum efficiency and security. Its plug-and-play performance allows for easy installation and seamless operation for enhanced interoperability with coalition forces.

Raytheon’s Advanced Targeting FLIR assures mission success by integrating advanced EO and IR sensors with one of the most powerful lasers on the market. ATFLIR can locate and designate targets day or night at ranges exceeding 40 nautical miles and altitudes surpassing 50,000 feet, outperforming comparable targeting systems. As a powerful net-enabler, it can pass tracking and targeting information to other nodes in the networked battlespace with the speed and precision.

Now in full-rate production, fully integrated and flight tested on all F/A-18 models, ATFLIR provides aircrews with unparalleled performance:

  • A substantial increase in target detection/recognition range
  • Pinpoint accuracy and assessment from longer standoff ranges
  • The most advanced laser designation capability
  • Superior EO/IR imagery

The program's Operational Evaluation was one of the most successful in U.S. Naval aviation history. ATFLIR met or exceeded all of the Navy’s requirements, including effectiveness, survivability, reliability, and maintainability.

The streamlined ATFLIR integrates laser tracking and infrared targeting functions on F/A-18 aircraft into a single compact pod, freeing an air-to-air weapon station for other mission requirements. An IR marker has been inserted and integrated on ATFLIR and will enter production soon.

By incorporating the latest secure technology while allowing for future upgrade and enhancement, ATFLIR ensures continued aerial superiority. ATFLIR is positioned to serve as a critical node in FORCEnet, the fully networked battlespace of the future. Planned enhancements include:

  • EO camera and laser spot tracker improvements
  • Detection range increases
  • Electronics consolidation
  • Sensor fusion
  • Automatic target recognition

Truly technologically advanced, ATFLIR EO/IR sensor components utilize a single common optical path and continuous automatic boresight alignment to ensure accurate target coverage and battle-tested sensor-to-shooter tactical mission support.

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