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The Federal Office for Equipment, Information Technology and Use of the Bundeswehr (BAAINBw) has agreed with the Israeli company Rafael on the supplementary procurement of laser target illuminators (laser designator pods, LDP), as can be seen from a BAAINBw publication on the European procurement platform TED.

Accordingly, with the supplementary procurement, the stock of material already imported and used by the Bundeswehr will be increased. Rafael delivers the 220 kg Litening reconnaissance containers directly to Nörvenich, the location of the Tactical Air Force Squadron 31 “Boelcke”, which is equipped with the Eurofighter fighter aircraft.

The Litening reconnaissance pods are in the LDP III version and have thermal imaging and daylight sensors and a laser illuminator in the rotatable optical head. The illuminator can be locked onto a target and follow it automatically. It serves as a targeting aid for bombs and missiles with a laser seeker. According to Rafael, the LDP III is certified for 26 types of combat aircraft, including the Eurofighter and Tornado.

Neue Laserzielbeleuchter für Kampfflugzeuge

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