France orders additional TALIOS Pods for Rafale to boost capability of Rafale F4 fighters
The French Directorate General of Armaments (DGA, Direction Générale de l’Armement) announced that the TALIOS pod, that captured HD video recently, will be integrated with the Rafale F4 standard.
The new data link integrated into the pod makes it possible to transmit a video as well as metadata to troops on the ground in order to improve the coordination of operations such as target designation, firing control, etc. Conducted in early November, the DGA said TALIOS pod has a “high definition” capability. This enables the crew to be provided with a more resolved near-infrared image and to integrate a color visible wide-field sensor which will make it possible to colorize high-definition videos from the Rafale F4.2 standard. The 36 pods remaining to be delivered will be in this configuration.
The TALIOS (Targeting Long-range Identification Optronic System) pod is equipped with top-down and bottom-up datalinks, and covers the entire range of missions, from intelligence to acquiring and pursuing targets. The pod is able to scan a large area, identify targets and immediately switch to acquisition and pursuit mode for these targets. Its high resolution and ability to see the colour situation simplifies the tasks of crew. Thales has also developed the “Permanent Vision” mode to assist pilots. This mode can be used to incorporate the image entered by TALIOS in a 3D map. The crew can therefore accurately locate the area filmed by the pod. Several visual indicators provide complementary real-time information on the tactical situation. The TALIOS pod will enable Rafale F4 standard aircraft to perform both air reconnaissance and ground/surface attack missions.