Fourth Generation LITENING:

Northrop Grumman says it plans to develop fourth-generation enhancements for its LITENING AT precision targeting and sensor system. Improvements in development include a more advanced forward-looking infrared laser and new two-way data links for better air-to-ground communication. The current LITENING earlier this year surpassed 250,000 combat hours. And, the first B-52 crew became qualified in July with the system. Northrop plans to begin flight-testing the new FLIR next year.