The Pentagon Plans to Equip Saudi F-15Es with Sniper Targeting Pods

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The Saudi air force is planning to upgrade the ground attack capability of its F-15E strike Eagle aircraft, by replacing the ageing LANTIRN targeting systems with Lockheed Martin's AN/AAQ-33 Sniper advanced targeting pods. The US Defense Security Cooperation Agency (DSCA) notified the US Congress of a possible Foreign Military Sale (FMS) of 40 Sniper pods systems at a maximum value of $220 million. DSCA stated that the acquisition will upgrade the RSAF capability to a standard already obtained by few other air forces in the region, including some of the Gulf Cooperation Council countries. (More...)

F-15E carries AMRAAM and Sinewinder missiles, Paveway laser guided bombs and Sniper advanced targeting pod
However, this acquisition does make precedence, as it is the first time that an Arab state receives advanced US hardware before Israel is provided with comparable or superior equipment. Israel is developing an indigenous targeting pod system, known as Litening IV but at the latest deliveries of F-16Is were equipped with earlier models of the system believed to be less capable than the Sniper.

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