Thales announced that the company’s TALIOS (TArgeting Long-range Identification Optronic System) airborne laser targeting pod has completed its 1st flight on a Dassault Aviation Rafale fighter aircraft.

Operated by Dassault Aviation at the Istres air base as part of the Rafale F3R development program, the TALIOS prototype took off on July 27, mounted on a single-seater aircraft, for a flight lasting over 2 hours. This test flight collected high-quality images taken using the “day” channel, and offered remarkable performances in pointing and telemetry.

The integration of the TALIOS pod is a major part of the F3R standard development on the Rafale combat aircraft. The adjustment and performance measurement tests will continue throughout 2017. They will lead both to the qualification of the equipment and to the qualification of the Rafale F3R standard by mid-2018.

The Military Programming Law 2014-2019 anticipates an order of 45 pods for the French Air Force and the French Navy, 20 of which have already been ordered. Delivery of the mass-produced equipment will start in 2018.

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