Spectra electronic warfare suite
Spectra is the first line of defence for the Rafale aircraft, identifying, locating and jamming electromagnetic, infrared and laser threats. Multi-spectral sensors and smart data fusion offer high-sensitivity detection. Spectra’s multiple threat capability, including missile approach warning and decoy dispenser, helps to ensure success in hostile environments.
Thales’ Airborne REconnaissance Observation System – AREOS – provides rapid day/night imagery intelligence (IMINT) for reconnaissance and identification in any weather conditions. AREOS gathers high-definition imagery at long range and across a wide area, with information transmitted from air to ground via a high-capacity data link.
DAMOCLES and TALIOS
Thales’ third-generation laser designation pod, DAMOCLES, provides weapons guidance and a full suite of sensors for navigation and air-to-air target identification. It provides day/night recognition of targets at medium range, as well as long-distance reconnaissance capability. The pod’s infrared sensor is designed to perform effectively in both warm and humid conditions. TALIOS – an updated version of DAMOCLES – is an optronic multifunction pod that employs the latest generation of high-resolution sensors and high precision line-of-sight stabilisation, allowing for deep strikes with long-range missiles and bombs to air-to-air target identification and close air support. It includes Non-Traditional Information, Surveillance and Reconnaissance (NTISR) capabilities and the Permanent Vision system provides wide-angle vision and critical contextual information.
Communication Navigation Identification suite
Secure state-of-the-art communication, navigation and identification capabilities covering every operational need, including ECCM (used to combat electronic countermeasures), IFF (identification friend or foe) and tactical data links.
Advanced Man Machine Interface (MMI)
Thales’ powerful visualisation tools provide instant situational awareness for the pilot and support well-informed tactical decisions. The MMI solution includes a combined head-up/head level display, lateral displays and a helmet-mounted sight display.
The Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) RBE2 antenna is a multifunction radar system that provides coverage over long ranges. AESA RBE2 is automatic and highly versatile, sorting and ranking tracked targets, and allowing the pilot to track multiple targets while scanning. It is the first active operational European radar antenna, and provides air-to-air and air-to-surface capabilities.
Front Sector Optronics (FSO)
Thales’FSO includes extensive ITcapability with laser electro-optics for passive long-range target detection for air, sea and ground targets, designation and identification, all fully integrated into the aircraft. It allows the pilot to spot enemy aircraft without being detected and is immune to radar jamming because it operates in optical wavelengths.