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OREGON AIR NATIONAL GUARD F-15C EAGLES ENHANCE THEIR CAPABILITIES WITH SNIPER ADVANCED TARGETING POD

F-15Cs from the 104th FW, the 125th FW and the 144th FW  are already equipped with the Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod

F-15C Eagles from the 142nd Fighter Wing (FW) participated in Sentry Savannah 17-2 exercise in Georgia recently and one of the jets was seen carrying a Lockheed Martin Sniper Advanced Targeting Pod.

The pod is already used by the F-15Cs of the 104th FW and the 125th FW.

Moreover the California Air National Guard (ANG) Eagles of the 194th Fighter Squadron (FS) from the 144th FW were recently equipped with the Sniper targeting pod too as part of the Passive Attack Sensor (PAS) modification.

Noteworthy the Sniper brings a lot of capability enhancements to the “Light Gray” (as the F-15C is dubbed by its aircrews). Actually as Lt. Col. Rob “Tigger” Swertfager, a 194th FS Eagle driver, told to Frank Crébas and Rich Cooper in the December 2016 issue of Combat Aircraft Monthly magazine the Sniper “is an amazing addition for us, in particular for our alert mission. It allows us to visual-identify (VID) aircraft at a distance and it provides a quick reconnaissance capability to the governor of California for our state mission.”

In fact the pod is a very useful tool not only for combat missions, as Swertfager explains. “For example, during an earthquake we have damage on a dam somewhere, we have the ability to scramble our F-15s and, using the new mod, quickly assess damage.”

Approximately 140 Airmen and eight F-15C Eagles from the 142nd FW, Oregon Air National Guard, participated in the Sentry Savannah 17-2 exercise January and February 2017 at the Air Dominance Center in Savannah, Georgia.

Sentry Savannah is a joint active and reserve aerial combat training exercise hosted by the Georgia Air National Guard and is the Air National Guard’s largest fighter integration, air-to-air training exercise encompassing fourth and fifth generation aircraft.

On the ramp the Oregon F-15C Eagles, sat alongside F-18 Hornets, T-38 Aggressors, and F-22 Raptors, all with the same goal-to fly, fight, and win.

Photo credit:  Senior Master Sgt. Shelly Davison, 142nd Fighter Wing Public Affairs / U.S. Air National Guard

Artwork courtesy of AircraftProfilePrints.com

Dario Leone

Dario Leone is an aviation, defense and military writer. He is the Founder and Editor of “The Aviation Geek Club” one of the world’s most read military aviation blogs. His writing has appeared in The National Interest and other news media. He has reported from Europe and flown Super Puma and Cougar helicopters with the Swiss Air Force.

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