17 June 2009
Paris Air Show, 17 June 2009 - Thales is developing a new version of its
multifunction targeting pod, Damocles XF, to provide air and naval air forces
with a solution boasting unparalleled performance. This new version is expected
to be up and running in 2012 and will incorporate, in particular, new
communication means and an enhanced identification system, thereby improving its
effectiveness irrespective of the environment.
The development of the Damocles XF benefits directly from
investments and state-of-the-art technologies in software and optronics
components. For this, Thales is relying in particular on Advanced Research
Programs (ARP) like AIDA and MASTRID, financed by the French Defense Procurement
Consequently, Damocles XF's development meets the most specific
requirements as concerns the main phases of air operation engagements.
Regarding long-range, Damocles XF will benefit from Damocles's
outstanding performance, which already guarantees that laser guided arms can be
used at the range's extreme limit, thereby providing maximum security for the
platform and the team.
For short-range engagements in complex environments, including
urban areas, the effectiveness is based not only on the guidance precision, but
also on positive day and night identification. To provide the pilot with the
most advanced reconnaissance and identification capabilities, Damocles XF will
therefore have high-resolution InfraRed (IR) imagery and a new day-light
In joint operations with close air support, the new data
transmission capability integrated in Damocles XF will facilitate data and video
exchange with ground troops, will improve the chain of command's control and
will increase the engagement's precision. The data liaison system will be
completely interoperable with the systems used by forces engaged today in joint
Damocles - qualified on aircraft carrier and engaged in
different theatres of operations - is the result of Thales's recognized
expertise in airborne optronics systems, for which it is a European leader.
Since 1975 and the launch of ATLIS, more than 400 targeting pods have been
delivered to the French Air Force and several other air forces around the