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First Electro-optical and Infrared Targeting Systems Delivered

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Lockheed Martin Missile And Fire Control
: 30 July, 2010  (Application Story)
First production units of the AN/AAQ-39 targeting system have been delivered for use by the US Air Force
Lockheed Martin has recently delivered the first AN/AAQ-39 targeting system full production unit to the US Air Force. Q-39 is the electro-optical/infrared fire control system for the US Air Force Special Operations Command AC-130U Gunship.

'Q-39 gives us a tremendous increase in capability; our situational awareness has doubled, allowing us to present a clearer battlefield picture to the user,' said Lt Col Patrick Clowney, Commander, 4th Special Operations Squadron, Hurlburt Air Force Base. 'The Q-39 sensor is a game changer; the enemy has nowhere to hide. It is our best sensor on the AC-130U.'

Q-39 improves on the combat-proven Gunship Multispectral Sensor System (GMS2). Like GMS2, Q-39 includes a large-aperture, midwave infrared sensor, two image-intensified television cameras and a near-infrared laser pointer. Q-39 also features a new solid-state, three-colour laser designator and software enhancements that increase system performance and reliability. These components are integrated into a highly stabilized turret to ensure outstanding image quality and highly accurate line-of-sight pointing for gunfire control.

'Q-39 provides image stabilization and advanced extended range processing,' said Joseph Butera, Turreted Systems senior program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control. 'With positive combat identification at longer distances, pilots can confidently engage targets while remaining outside the threat's lethal reach.'

Awarded in July 2008, the Q-39 contract includes 12 full production units. Deliveries will be completed in 2011.

Q-39 is one of several high-performance stabilized targeting systems designed, manufactured, tested and supported by Lockheed Martin. The company's fielded solutions for fixed- and rotary-wing aircraft include Modernized Target Acquisition Designation Sight/Pilot Night Vision Sensor for the US Army, Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod for the US Air Force and the Target Sight System for the US Marine Corps.
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