Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) has developed a new, lightweight and compact laser rangefinder/designator designed for small electro-optical systems and payloads used for Ground, Airborne and Naval applications. The system called DART 45 is displayed at Aero-India for the first time. According to IAI, several units of the new system, have already been integrated into MiniPOP-D (Designator) Electro-Optical naval payloads for an export customer, as well as into IAI/TAMAM’s new Ground Targeting and Designating System (GTADS).
According to Shaul Shahar, General Manager of IAI’s TAMAM Division, DART45 offers a 45mJ (milliJoule), very low divergence Laser Designator as well as an eye-safe Rangefinder which enables high performance in a very lightweight and compact package. Its design is based on diode-pumped advanced Nd:YAG laser, compatible for all US and NATO laser-guided munitions. According to Shahar, the unique characteristics, such as compact dimensions and low power requirements make it an excellent and attractive solution for the rising market of 6″ to 8″ EO targeting payloads for UAVs, static and ground vehicle sights and for targeting and designating handheld systems.