New Pod for the French Air Force

November 2009
Military Technology;2009, Vol. 33 Issue 11, p133
The article reports on the 30 million euros defense contract of Thales SA by the French Defence Procurement Agency (DGA) for the demonstrator of Multi-application Airborne System for Targeting, Recognition and Identification (MASTRID), a new-generation laser targeting and designation pod (PDL NG) for the French Air Force. It is said that the MASTRID was developed on the basis of the existing Damocles pod. It is stated that the MASTRID is expected to begin flight tests on a Mirage 2000 fighter.


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