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Application Briefs

In one instance, a National Guard
squadron had just transitioned its F-16
aircraft to LITENING after flying with another pod for years. The squadron was
about to begin training in preparation
for deployment later in the year. However, they were working with limited
manpower and equipment. A planned
weeklong visit was condensed to three
days to accommodate the schedules of
available support personnel. The LITENING team upgraded the software and resolved issues the operators had identified, with all pods receiving a thorough
checkout in time for comprehensive mission system training.
Most customer site visits follow a similar path. Given the reliability of the pods
- the mean time between removal is more
than 200 hours - field service engineers
spend much of their time adding capabilities to pods, and training operators and
maintainers. Refresher training provided
on site keeps maintainers proficient with

the pod and familiar with any changes to
the software or hardware.
The modular architecture of the pod is
one reason for LITENING's resilience. The
pod's electronics are packaged in multiple
line replaceable units (LRUs). Rather than
taking a pod out of service for diagnosis
and repair, maintainers can use built-intesting to identify an LRU for investigation. The unit can be swapped out and the
pod returned to service within minutes.
During overseas deployments, with only
limited support facilities available, this

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arrangement allows for the continuity of
operations. It is critical at sea, where spares
are limited due to scarce space below deck.
When upgrades or changes cannot be
made on base or at sea, Northrop Grumman's depot team brings advanced diagnostic and technical expertise to bear. As
with employees in the field, the depot
team faced challenges. Assessing customer needs, the team remained on duty
and supported depot repairs every day.
Employees took appropriate measures ensuring continued LITENING operations
and a safe, healthy work environment.
The modular architecture also mitigates
diminishing manufacturing sources and
obsolescence issues, with no significant
cost to the Department of Defense. Just as
repairs can be accomplished with LRU
swaps, new capabilities can often be integrated by changing an LRU and updating
the software.
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