Patuxent River, MD -- File photo of an F/A-18E Super Hornet outfitted with a Shared Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP), carried under the aircraft at its centerline. Designed and developed by Raytheon for the U.S. Navy, to support advanced day and night all-weather tactical reconnaissance missions. The system is scheduled for full deployment aboard the aircraft carrier USS Nimitz (CVN 68) in 2003. SHARP will replace an existing system used to provide tactical air reconnaissance for U.S. Navy carrier-based air wings, currently supported by the older F-14 Tomcat fighter aircraft. U.S. Navy photo by Randy Hepp.
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