Dim LANTIRN

Questioning another weapon

For a time, Air Force generals thought they had the answer to a pilot's prayer. Using on-board computers, the Low Altitude Navigation, Targeting Infra-Red Night system, known as LANTIRN, was touted as the new technology that could guide pilots of F-16s and A-10s close to the ground during bad weather or at night. Then, while helping U.S. aces dodge hills and other obstacles, LANTIRN would spot enemy targets and automatically program air-to-ground missiles on an instantaneous search-and-destroy mission. To be sure, the LANTIRN program's price tag was $1 billion, but if it did what its designer, the Martin...

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