Thales reports that its new-generation Talios laser targeting pod has successfully completed qualification testing by the French defence procurement agency (DGA).
Thales reports that its new-generation Targeting Long-Range Identification Optronic System (TALIOS) laser targeting pod has successfully completed qualification testing by the French defence procurement agency (DGA). The pod is a key element of the new Rafale F3-R standard for the French Air Force and French Navy. It is also compatible with other combat aircraft types.
The Talios pod combines a reconnaissance and targeting capability with visibility of the entire critical decision chain, from gathering intelligence to neutralising threats. It combines the latest generation of high-resolution electro-optical and infrared sensors with line-of-sight stabilisation and advanced image processing capabilities. The pod also provides a long-range threat engagement capability to counter fixed and moving targets.
The pod's through-life support system has also been qualified. This includes the SmartFleet fleet management and predictive maintenance solution, designed to prevent equipment failures that could disrupt an operational mission and increases overall fleet availability. The logistic support system also includes an innovative transport solution used to attach the pod to the aircraft pylon without requiring any other tooling.
Deliveries of the first series-produced Talios systems to the French forces are scheduled to begin before the end of 2018 and continue until 2022.
Ongoing system developments include an advanced ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance) function incorporating new reconnaissance modes and advanced target detection and automatic recognition algorithms. Other new functions include high-definition full-colour imagery and the pod's Vision Permanent function, which will superimpose real-time imagery on a 3D map of the operational environment.