Thales begins development of newgeneration laser designation pod
The French defence procurement agency DGA has awarded Thales with the contract to develop the new-generation laser designation pod (PDL NG). This latest milestone is a follow on from the risk reduction phase led throughout 2013 and series production is expected to begin in 2018.
Thales will develop the PDL NG that will provide the French air forces with new day/ night imaging and engagement capabilities in complex theatres of operations. The PDL NG will be designed to integrate with both the Rafale and Mirage 2000D 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. The awarding of this development contract confirms the importance of optronics in future air combat systems and acknowledges the technical and operational expertise that Thales has acquired on laser reconnaissance and designation systems over the past 40 years.