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Thales targeting pod integrated, tested on Rafale fighter

A new laser targeting pod from Thales has been successfully tested aboard a Rafale fighter plane.

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Richard Tomkins
The TALIOS targeting pod mounted onto a Rafale fighter. Photo courtesy Thales
The TALIOS targeting pod mounted onto a Rafale fighter. Photo courtesy Thales

PARIS, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Thales' new-generation TALIOS laser targeting pod has successfully completed a more than two-hour first flight on a Rafale fighter.

The prototype targeting long-range identification optronic system collected high-quality images taken using the "day" channel, and offered remarkable performances in pointing and telemetry, Thales said.

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"TALIOS is the first optronic targeting pod to cover the entire decision chain, from intelligence gathering through to neutralization," the company said in an announcement. "With the latest-generation high-resolution infrared and electro-optical sensors, line-of-sight stabilization, and high performance image processing, its capabilities range from deep strike with precision-guided munition, to air-to-air target identification and close air support, both during the day and at night."

The TALIOS pod is to be used on French Air Force and Navy Rafales and is a major part of a development program for the fighters.

The TALIOS pod development and Rafale integration programs run in parallel. Adjustment and performance measurement tests will continue throughout next year.

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