The French Defense Procurement Agency (DGA) has published order with Thales long-range optocoupler guidance system (TALIOS) pods.
According to the firm order, Thales will deliver 21 additional TALIOS capsules and equip them on the French standard Rafale F4 aircraft.
Developed by Dassault Aviation, the Rafale F4 aircraft is operated by the French Air Force and Navy.
Christophe Salomon, Executive Vice President of Thales Land and Air Systems, said: “The new TALIOS pod reconnaissance regimes and automatic target detection and detection algorithms will provide the French Armed Forces with an unprecedented level of operational superiority.
“Rafale pilots will be able to make better decisions at even greater speed at any crucial moment in their missions to detect, classify and safely attack a target and evaluate the results of a ground or ground strike.
The order for additional capsules comes after the initial order was made by DGA for 46 TALIOS systems.
According to Thales, the initial order will be fulfilled before the delivery of additional systems begins.
The delivery of 21 additional TALIOS capsules is expected to take place between 2024 and 2025.
The high-resolution sensors on the pods provide color images of the pilots’ tactical situation.
The additional capsules will have a new Vision Permanent mode recently developed by Thales.
Since their first delivery in 2019, the French forces have deployed TALIOS-equipped aircraft on several expedition missions.
Last year, Thales also received an order from the DGA to provide avionics equipment for the French Rafale aircraft.