F-16 Fighting Falcon News

More Panteras for Norwegian F-16s

November 17, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Royal Norwegian Air Force (RNoAF) has exercised its option to purchase additional Lockheed Martin PANTERA advanced targeting pods (ATPs) with accompanying spares and support.

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Terms and quantities of the option were not disclosed.

The PANTERA is the export version of the SNIPER-XR.

The RNoAF, Lockheed Martin?s first customer to commit the PANTERA ATP to operational use, has been flying the pods in domestic and international training exercises since the first quarter of 2004.

"This order comes on the heels of two highly successful large-scale, joint training exercises in which the RNoAF participated ? the Maple Flag exercises in Cold Lake, Canada, and the Red Flag exercises in Las Vegas," said Lou Karbiener, PANTERA ATP Norway program manager at Lockheed Martin Missiles and Fire Control.

Lockheed Martin completed its first lot delivery of PANTERA ATPs to Norway during August 2004.