Litening Targeting Pod on the F-16

The Danish Ministry of Defence announced that it has selected Northrop Grumman’s LITENING G4 targeting system for its F-16 fighter aircraft. First deliveries are expected in August 2013. The Litening G4 pods will be supplied with datalinks and full logistics support package.

LITENING G4 Advanced Targeting Pod is the latest version of the Litening targeting pod developed by Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems. Rafael has teamed with Northrop Grumman to develop and market the pods in the US and international market. The team has successfully won contracts in a number of key markets in the United States, with F/A-18 operators including Australia, Finland and Spain, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal and Israel as users of the Northrop Grumman LITENING family of targeting pods.

The G4 version delivers the latest advancements in sensor, laser imaging and data link technology. The G4’s technologies include true megapixel (1kx1k) forward-looking infrared and charge-coupled device sensors, short wave infrared laser imaging sensor, color symbology, tracker improvements and enhanced zoom. These advancements deliver more accurate target identification and location at longer ranges than previous generations of LITENING targeting pod systems while reducing pilot workload.

Litening Targeting Pod on the F-16


  1. “….Israel as users of the Northrop Grumman LITENING family of targeting pods…..” — Israel (i.e. the IAF) is a user?? — And I believed, that the IAF is the user of the Israeli RAFAEL’s Litening family (including G4) — and NOT the US Northrop Grumman’s ……

  2. Marek,

    As I understand it, the original Litening I pod was a Rafael incarnation, yet later Advanced pod upgrades, such as the ER/AT were developed mostly by Northrop to fill requirements established by US armed forces users. And the latest Northrop-developed superior G4 model has increased capabilities over the AT. It’s this ‘G4’ which will further be enhanced into the ‘SE’ advanced pod model expected for delivery in a few years. That’s probably where the slight confusion in this interpretation was coming from, even though the original model was a Rafael product. The G4 no doubt is quite an upgrade, technology-leading and state of art system. And especially with F-35 in question now, this is a good stopgap call by Denmark.