The French defence procurement agencyhas awarded with a contract for the development of a New Generation Laser Designation Pod ( ). The contract follows the completion the risk reduction phase has followed through 2013. The development is expected to continue for five years, with initial series production pods expected in 2018.
Thewill provide French Air Forces fighter planes an improved day/night imaging capability, enhancing target engagement capabilities in complex theaters of operations. The new pod will be designed to integrate with both the and D fighter aircraft.
The risk-reduction phase, the first step in the development of any programme, confirmed the system’s architecture, its high level of functional integration, reliability and the development schedule.