Among the first airborne targeting pods that was cost-effective to operate in the medium infrared wavelengths, is the AN/ASQ-228, with both air-to-air and air-to ground capabilities. It is manufactured by Raytheon. These wavelengths offer longer range than earlier models, but had been prohibiitively expensive until this unit, not cheap at $3.4 million each, apparently provides enough performance advantage to justify moving to this part of the spectrum. It now provides laser rangefinder and optional navigation FLIR functions.
- Laser designation
- Automatic target recognition
- Improved EO camera and laser spot tracker
- Increased detection range