Litening 5 and Reccelite XR Airborne Targeting Pods

Issue: 7 / 2019Photo(s): By Rafael
Rafael unveils a unique SAR feature for its Litening and Reccelite EO pods

It has been reported that Israel’s Rafael together with IAI’s Elta Systems will upgrade the Litening 5 and Reccelite XR allweather stand-off airborne electro-optic targeting pods with a synthetic aperture radar imagery intelligence payload, Jane’s reports. The Litening 5 is a high-resolution multi-sensor targeting pod, incorporating an upgraded 1.2K x 1.2K large aperture forward-looking mid-wave infrared and a short-wave infrared. The fifth-generation of the targeting pod is now capable of targeting from long range, enabling strike aircraft to employ guided weapons from standoff range without relying on external support. Reccelite XR is a multi-spectral, multi-role, real-time standoff reconnaissance system that consists of an airborne pod, a wide digital datalink and a ground exploitation station.