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S. Korea's fighter jets equipped with advanced targeting system

All Headlines 09:30 February 05, 2018

SEOUL, Feb. 5 (Yonhap) -- South Korea's military has completed the deployment of an advanced nighttime targeting system for its fighter aircraft, the country's arms agency said Monday.

It would greatly improve the precision strike capability of KF-16s, a key combat element of the Air Force, according to the Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA).

The DAPA signed a contract with Lockheed Martin in late 2013 for the supply of the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod (ATP).

Compared with the "first-generation" device used by the Air Force, the "third-generation" one is capable of detecting, identifying and automatically tracking targets from twice as far with a three to five time higher resolution image, the DAPA said.

The Sniper ATP laser designates small tactical targets at long ranges and supports deployment of all laser and GPS-guided weapons against multiple fixed and moving targets.

It significantly improves both air-to-air and air-to-ground operations, while reducing the odds of an erroneous strike, the DAPA added.

"With the completion of installing major fighter jets with the nighttime target identification system, our Air Force has secured effective nighttime mission and precision guided munition (PGM) operation capabilities, which are a key to modern warfare," the agency said.

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