“The precision engagement work consists of a huge electrical modification which involves updating the cockpit with new avionics and software, giving pilots greater battlefield awareness,” said Robin Ritch, Precision Engagement section chief for the 309th Aircraft Maintenance Group.
“This means removing some 1,700 wires and replacing them with 14,000 feet of new wire,” she explained. “Hence the disaster that is a cockpit in transition.
Once completed, the aircraft will include 10 new components, while another 12 will be upgraded.
“We’ll add a hands-on-throttle-and-stick feature, plus integrate the targeting pods,” Ritch said. “The Litening pod currently uses only a Maverick missile interface that provides limited functionality.”
“The precision engagement modification provides integration of the Litening and Sniper XR targeting pods, she continued. “A team of Hill civilians and contractors from L3 Communications are making it happen.”
“Currently, we have around 150 mechanics performing the modifications comprised of civilians here at Hill and contractors from L3 Communications,” Ritch said.
“They’re specialists in electrical systems, sheet metal, general aircraft mechanics and fuels," he