TALIOS qualification tests by 2018
During LIMA 2017, Thales presented several products offered to Asian customers – one of them was TALIOS (TArgeting Long-range Identification Optronic System) new generation multi-function targeting pod with a plug-and-fight feature which allows it to be easily integrated with majority of modern platforms (with Dassault RAFALEs a first one – an upgraded FR3 variant which is to be ready in 2018). TALIOS was unveiled for the first time during Paris Air Show – it was its debut in Malaysia. It is more advanced and more useful than DAMOCLES – which is currently a standard targeting pod of the French military.
According to the representatives of Thales present at LIMA 2017, TALIOS is compatible with laser guided weapons, imagery-guided missiles and INS/GPS-guided missiles. It can help attack land targets autonomously by a pilot or in a cooperative mode – by using laser designation provided by ground troops. TALIOS is also useful in terms of long-range damage assessment, deep reconnaissance, and target/spot identification. Regarding air-to-air scenarios, it provides day/night airborne target identification. IR imagery provides a continuous electronic zoom between 4.8 degrees to 0.12 degrees, while TV imagery provides a continuous electronics zoom between 7.0 degrees and 0.06 degrees. It has a multi-channel HD digital recorder and ARINC-818 Digital Video Output.
It was confirmed that TALIOS should accomplish all qualification tests by 2018. In the same year deliveries to the French Air Force, are planned to commence.
During LIMA 2017, it was announced by Thales that the company delivered a flight and navigation simulator to the Royal Malaysian Air Force (RMAF). System, known as FNPT II (Flight and Navigation Procedures Trainer) is a simulator for initial pilot training of H120 helicopters. The contract for the simulator is the first such deal won by Thales in the Malaysian market. It was delivered in December 2016 to Gading Kasturi company from Malaysia. Flight training takes place at the Royal Air Force College in AlorSetar. According to Thales, FNPT II is already operational.
Thales reminded that it has a strong ties with Malaysia – the company been supplying airborne mission systems and avionics to the RMAF both for various types of aircrafts. It includes maritime surveillance (AMASCOS on B200T) and target designation missions (DAMOCLES on Su-30). Thales has provided the Malaysian Ministry of Defence a national Command and Control system: Sentry command and control system and the Ground Master400 radar.