Israel’s Rafael Advanced Defense Systems Ltd. has upgraded its fifth generation Litening and Reccelite systems with the addition of a unique Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) feature, that it says marks a revolutionary quantum leap in all-weather, stand-off targeting and reconnaissance pods.
The solution is being presented by Rafael as the first-ever addition of SAR to an EO pod, which solves the EO challenge of target identification when flying above clouds.
“The new and unique addition of SAR to the Litening and Reccelite is undoubtedly a quantum leap in the standoff EO pod domain. Rafael has been a pioneer in defense innovation for seven decades, with immense breakthroughs in many areas, which have given an operational advantage to the Israeli Air Force and to numerous other air forces around the world, operating in the most challenging and complex combat arenas,” says Yuval Miller, EVP, Head of Rafael’s C4ISR Systems Division.
“Rafael’s Litening and Reccelite have been instrumental in their successes, and I am confident that the new pods will further enhance their performance and their results,” he adds.
The new Litening pod receive a powerful SAR (Synthetic Aperture Radar) capability courtesy ELTA, adding significant capabilities to the Litenings’s EO, multi-spectral, stand-off pod, such as much greater wide area coverage and true day/night, all-weather operation.
The Litening + SAR extends full support of JDAM, LGB and INS/GPS-guided munitions and the pods are equipped with a laser designator, and laser marker for joint missions, as well as an optional Data Link for CAS missions and stand-off ranges. Litening pods are integrated and operational on over 25 types of aircraft ‒ including the F-16, F-15, AV8B, F-18, F-4, F-5, A-10, B-2, Jaguar, LCA, AMX, Mirage 2000, Tornado, Typhoon, MiG21, Mig27, M346, KC390, Gripen, and Sukhoi 27 & 30.
The addition of SAR to the stand-off Reccelite, allows the SAR-optimized pod delivers true all-weather, day/night, all-terrain long-range capabilities, providing a full aerial intelligence picture ‒ with high-resolution images.
Reccelite is deployed by more than 10 Air Forces around the world. The system is integrated and operational on multiple aircraft types, including the AMX, F-16, F-18, Gripen, Heron 1, Jaguar, Reaper, Tornado, and Typhoon.