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Italian AF to Fit Israeli RecceLite Pod Aboard Its MQ-9 Reapers

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GA-ASI to Integrate Israeli RecceLite Reconnaissance Pod Aboard Italian Air Force MQ-9

(Source: General Atomics Aeronautical Systems; issued June 1, 2016)

ILA BERLIN AIR SHOW --- General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (GA‑ASI) today announced that it will integrate RecceLite, a versatile imagery reconnaissance pod, onto an Italian Air Force (ItAF) Predator B/MQ-9. RecceLite is manufactured by Rafael, a leading developer of defense technology, based in Israel. RecceLite is currently operational on manned Italian military aircraft.

“Integrating this imagery enhancement capability onto Predator B is a significant milestone and could lead to similar efforts with other NATO customers that operate MQ-9,” said Linden Blue, CEO, GA-ASI. “Predator B’s open payload architecture enables users to integrate their own payloads easily, with minimal to no software changes required.”

The wide-area coverage capabilities of the RecceLite pod complement Predator B’s nose-mounted, Multi-spectral Targeting System-B (MTS-B) Full-motion Video (FMV) system. RecceLite provides geo-referenced, wide field-of-regard, high-resolution digital stills in the infrared and visible bands, which can be post-processed into a mosaic image in the Ground Exploitation Station.

A combined Italian Air Force, GA-ASI, and Rafael team is currently testing the integration hardware that will make this enhanced capability available to Italian operational forces. The team will execute developmental and operational flight tests under ItAF leadership in early 2017 at Amendola Air Base, Italy, with system fielding to occur shortly thereafter.