Some of you may have seen this already. But a new video floating around on the tube has caught the attention of many of us. I wanted to bring this
over here to see what the experts of the Aviation Forum make of it. We have a circular array atop of the cockpit and a SNIPER pod-esque apparatus
underneath and starboard of the forward gear. I've yet to see a bone with these.
Sniper ATP-SE makes operational debut with Dyess bombers. A B-1 Bomber from the 9th Bomb Squadron conducts its first sortie while employing the Sniper
Advanced Targeting Pod-Sensor Enhancement modification April 15, 2013, at Dyess Air Force Base, Texas. Significantly enhancing a B-1s targeting
capability, the new Sniper-SE pod provides aircrew with an even greater capability via new enhanced sensors, a two-way data link, advanced processors
and automated non-traditional intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance modes.
Communications antenna, as I said. Sensors on top would be useless as they'd only be able to see up. It's either a new SATCOM or AEHF antenna.
They don't necessarily have anything to do with each other. SNIPER is removable so all its gear is built in. This may be an aircraft that just came
out of PDM and had the new antenna mounted already, as well as the updated SNIPER mounts.
edit on 3/16/2015 by Zaphod58 because: (no reason
This Aviationist article has an image where you can see something there on the
aircraft. It's from September last year. You can see something there in the top left and both bottom images. Not sure if it's just the old Sniper
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