Friday, December 17, 2010

First operational missions for the reco-NG pod

The Rafale M F3 on board the CdG aircraft carrier have performed their first operational recce mission with the new high resolution reco-NG pod built by Thales.

This new pod allows high speed / low altitude captures as well as very high resolution shooting at high altitude, day and night.The pictures are transmitted in real time to the processing station on board the Charles de Gaulle where they can be analyzed by intelligence specialists a few minutes after they were shot, reducing the lag between rhe recce and the response on the ground.

According to the defense journalist Jean-Marc Tanguy, the very first mission of the pod was carried out on December, 2nd with a pod lent by the French Air Force.

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