Jordan and Qatar are to procure the UTC Aerospace Systems (UTAS) DB-110 Tactical Reconnaissance Pod (TRP) to carry aboard their frontline combat aircraft fleets, it was disclosed on 5 March.
Both countries were named in a US Department of Defense (DoD) USD51.2 million contract modification announcement for UTAS parent company Goodrich, that allows for the Middle Eastern nations to join the programme by 1 March 2021. Contract awards for the systems themselves will follow.
For Jordan the pod will probably be carried aboard its Lockheed Martin F-16 Fighting Falcons, while Qatar’s pods will most likely be fielded aboard its yet-to-be delivered F-15QA fighters given that the Eagle has already been cleared to carry the sensor. Qatar is also due to receive the Dassault Rafale and Eurofighter Typhoon, and the pod may well be integrated onto these types also.
The DB-110 combines electro-optical/infrared (EO/IR) imaging capabilities in a compact lightweight modular design that enables pilots to capture high-resolution images, day or night, at stand-off distances of 70 n miles and 40,000 ft. Imagery can be viewed via a cockpit video display, or can instead be transmitted to analysts on the ground in real time from an on-board datalink and/or stored on a solid-state data recorder.
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