M-346FA to be supplied with Litening 5, RecceLite systems
ISRAEL. RAFAEL Advanced Defense Systems will supply 5th generation Litening-5 and RecceLite systems to equip Leonardo’s M-346FA light combat aircraft. This is the first integration of 5th generation EO pods to Leonardo’s M-346FA platform.
The M-346FA is the multi-role combat variant of the most advanced jet trainer that has been designed for a wide range of training capabilities, long-term reliability and cost-effective operations. The FA variant is also able to operate very effectively as a multi-role tactical aircraft, capable of air-to-surface, air-to-air and tactical reconnaissance missions, according to officials.
Integrated with RAFAEL’s pods, the jet will now have combat-proven, stand-off capabilities using the Litening 5 multi-spectral airborne targeting pod. Litening 5 is designed to deliver real-time, forward-looking infrared and day HD color camera imagery.
With the RecceLite ISR system, the light-attack aircraft will be able to perform target search, using advanced artificial intelligence automatic target recognition at the interpretation ground station, and other smart algorithms for efficient detection, tracking, and sensor-to-shooter closure.