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Modular Loadouts Addition - AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening Targetting Pod


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Modular Pods & Equipment  

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  1. 1. Would you like to see the LITENING II pod added as a researchable module for custom loadouts?

    • Yes
      22
    • No
      1
  2. 2. If Implemented, How would you like to see it done?

    • Default modification for aircraft that have it.
      8
    • Researchable Modification for aircraft that have it.
      14
    • I said no.
      1


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An AN/AAQ-28 LITENING Targeting Pod on an A-10C Warthog of the United States Air Force (USAF). Photo was taken during the Static Aircraft Display Day of the Balikatan 2016 Exercise.

 

Description

The AN/AAQ-28(V) Litening targeting pod is an advanced precision targeting pod system currently operational with a wide variety of aircraft worldwide. The research and development of the Litening was first undertaken by Rafael Advanced Defense Systems ' Missiles Division in Israel, with subsequent completion of Litening I for use in the Israeli Air Force .

Litening significantly increases the combat effectiveness aircraft during day, night and under-the-weather conditions in the attack of ground and air  targets with a variety of standoff weapons (i.e., laser-guided bombs , conventional bombs and GPS -guided weapons). 

 

I think this would be a good addition to certain vehicles that are currently in the game or added in the Future, Some of the vehicles to use this pod or other similar to it include those like the A10 (late & Early) as well as other aircraft not yet in the game like the F16 and JAS-39 Grippen.  This would allow them to conduct air strikes with new smart weapons like JDAMS and GBUs as well as perform recon in bad weather or cluttered/urban maps. Playing as a team is crucial in late tiers, this would encourage squads and teams to work together to find and destroy the enemy on larger maps, It would also encourage other players to play a more active role as SPAA and keep them on their toes. A radar bleep may be a tall tree in the distance or it could potentially be an enemy aircraft actively spotting for his team. 

 

Picture of Electronic components and Sensors:

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Pictures taken during field testing:

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Specs:

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Primary function: Navigation and infrared/electro-optical targeting

Prime Contractor: Rafael Corporation/Northrop Grumman.

Length: 87 in (2.20 m)

Diameter: 16 in (0.406 m)

Weight: 455 lb (208 kg)

Sensors: Infrared detector, CCD-TV camera, eye safe laser rangefinder and laser designator.

Sensor resolution (for Litening III): CCD (tv): 1K x 1K, FLIR: 640x480.

Date Deployed: February 2000.



 

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SRkOGmWLyRSEcQdEj82DIAyAhdt_eLnaMiP_Jp6Q Brazil

Brazilian Air Force

AMX (Rafael Litening III)

F-5M (Unconfirmed)

KC-390 Millenium

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F-16 (Rafael Litening III)

 

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IAI Kfir C10/C12

 

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JAS-39 Gripen (Rafael/Zeiss Optronics Litening III)

L-159 Alca (Unconfirmed)

 

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F-16 (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)8 Litening G4)

 

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McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (Northrop Grumman Litening AT, as part of the MLU 2 upgrade program)

 

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Litening II Pods supplied by Rafael/ Zeiss Optronik joint venture

Panavia Tornado (Rafael/Zeiss Optronics Litening probably upgraded to Litening III)

Eurofighter Typhoon (Rafael/Zeiss Optronics Litening III)

 

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F-4E AUP

 

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JAS-39 (Rafael/Zeiss Optronics Litening III)

 

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Sukhoi Su-30 (Rafael Litening III)

HAL Tejas (Rafael Litening III, Rafael Litening 4I)

SEPECAT Jaguar (unconfirmed)

Dassault Mirage 2000 (Rafael Litening III)

Mikoyan MiG-29 (Rafael Litening III)

 

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F-16 (unconfirmed)

 

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F-15I (Rafael Litening III)

F-16C/D (Rafael Litening probably upgraded to Litening III)

F-16I (Litening C4)

 

F_1KmVXCWl6bfbj-BKAkBdthk7LyLXRWmk5QRXC5 Italy

AMX (Rafael Litening III)

Panavia Tornado (unconfirmed)

AV-8B+ Harrier (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)2 Litening II upgraded to Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)4 Litening AT Block 0)

 

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Su-27 (Rafael Litening III)

 

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General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (Nor throp Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)6 Litening AT Block 2)

 

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General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)6 Litening AT Block 2)

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MiG-21 LanceR A (Rafael Litening)

MiG-21 LanceR C (Rafael Litening)

 

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General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (Rafael Litening III)

 

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JAS-39 (Rafael/Zeiss Optronics Litening III)

 

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AV-8B+ Harrier (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)2 Litening II upgraded to Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)4 Litening AT Block 0)

McDonnell Douglas EF-18 Hornet (Rafael/ Tecnobit Litening III)

Eurofighter Typhoon (tranche 3) (Litening III and V)

 

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JAS-39 (Rafael/Zeiss Optronics Litening III)

 

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JAS-39 (Rafael/Zeiss Optronics Litening III)

 

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F-4E 2020 Terminator (unconfirmed)

 

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Eurofighter Typhoon (Rafael/Ultra Electronics Litening III EF)

 

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Fairchild Republic A-10C Thunderbolt II (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)3 Litening ER upgraded to Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)4 Litening AT Block 0)

Boeing B-52H Stratofortress (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)3 Litening ER upgraded to Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)4 Litening AT Block 0)

McDonnell Douglas F-15E Strike Eagle (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)3 Litening ER upgraded to Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)4 Litening AT Block 0)

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)1 Litening II/AN/AAQ-28(V)2 Litening II/AN/AAQ-28(V)2 Litening II+ upgraded to Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)4 Litening AT Block 0)

AV-8B+ Harrier (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)1 Litening II/AN/AAQ-28(V)2 Litening II/AN/AAQ-28(V)2 Litening II+ upgraded to Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)4 Litening AT Block 0)

McDonnell Douglas F/A-18 Hornet (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)4 Litening AT Block 0)

Northrop Grumman EA-6B Prowler (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28(V)4 Litening AT Block 0)

 

XAlZbuoklE8Wp0ocyjJ2aJOJItydH5x0dS627if7 Venezuela

General Dynamics F-16 Fighting Falcon (Rafael Litening)

 

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F/A-18A/B (Northrop Grumman AN/AAQ-28 Litening) (No longer in service)

 

 

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  • 2 weeks later...

depends as there are various versions of the Litening 2.

 

Original Litening 2 from 1999 has 640Px480 tv mode, and 320X256P FLir mode.

 

Litening 2 ER ( extended range) operational 2001 - 2 levels of FOV magnification, with 9 levels of digital zoom. 1024p x 1024p FOR CCD Tv mode, 640Px480p FLIR

 

Litening 2 AT-, operational 2003.. Basically Litening 2 ER with ability to share target info via datalinks ( for those aircraft that have Link 16), and improved GPS coordinate generation

 

Litening 2 G4 -  Operational 2008. Improved flir resolution. upgraded from 640p to 1024P.

 

 Some of the OP screenshots show color in the CCD mode. This is maybe on newer versions. for sure not on the Litening 2 thru AT.

 

Would also pitch in that Litening 2  for US aircraft should be added as an upgrade option after Lantirn pod..  Or only on certain specific versions of certain aircraft.

 

For example in the USAF F16C block 40/42/50/522 AFAIK only got compatibility with newer targeting pods like Litening 2 or Sniper ,with the  CCIP ( common configuration implementation program)  upgrades. in the 2000s which use the OFP M series software tapes/suite of various versions, sharing commonality in that regard with F16A MLU's.

IE re designated the F16CM block 40/42/50/52

 

F16C block 30/32 got litening 2 capability only after  SCU ( systems capability upgrades)

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  • 6 months later...
  • Senior Suggestion Moderator

As the AN/AAQ-26(V) has been implemented as per Update 2.23 Apex Predators,

 

Moved to Implemented Suggestions. :salute:

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