August 26, 2004 (by Lieven Dewitte) - The Royal Netherlands Air Force (RNlAF) is to acquire six RecceLite airborne reconnaissance systems, including datalink components, two mobile ground stations and two portable ground terminals for its F16 multirole fighter operations.
The contract, with an estimated value of EUR35 million ($42 million), is expected to be signed later this year.
Rafael's RecceLite is a derivative of the Litening targeting system. It provides simultaneous, multi-spectral imaging (IR and visible), capable of day and night operation, without any restrictions to the aircraft maneuverability or combat capability. The sensors are installed on a stabilized gimbal, and can "look" at any direction, independent of the aircraft position. Covering horizon-to-horizon, with free forward-backward, side and vertical motion, the pod can track targets before, during and after the attack, to provide continuous records for intelligence and battle damage assessment, on recce and attack missions.
Images are relayed to the ground station in real-time via Datalink or recorded for later processing.