Sophisticated night-vision equipment proposed for F-16 fighter jets stationed at Hill Air Force Base will mean more night training flights, base officials say.

The base said the Air Force wants to equip the F-16s of the 388th Tactical Fighter Wing with the new Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night system, called LANTIRN.The system is a package of equipment which enables a pilot to fly in darkness or stormy weather by watching a detailed infrared image of the terrain projected on a screen in the front of the cockpit.

It allows pilots to fly in total darkness at speeds of more than 500 mph.