With infrared sensors, video and laser designation
capability, the technology is a vast improvement over the aircraft's current radar, says Lt.
The CIA team pleaded for more airstrikes in the north, even after the insertion of Special Forces teams in northern Afghanistan who were assigned the task of laser designation
of Taliban targets.
We put warriors at the controls so that they're responsible for the laser designation
spot they put on the ground that we were going to put a bomb on and guide it precisely.
(2.) Joint Publication 3-09.1 Joint Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for Laser Designation
Operations, 28 May 1999.
Over the combat zone, the Mirage 2000D worked in close cooperation with the 10th Commando de l'Air Parachutiste (CPA 10) commandos of the French Air Force, a unit specializing in laser designation
of targets for combat aircraft.
The pod allows laser designation
and infrared marking of targets for ground troops from altitudes greater than 40,000 feet.
``SAS troops then marked the target using laser designation
devices and called the air and artillery attacks which killed him.''
During more than 550 developmental tests and operational test flights, eight test pods demonstrated geopoint accuracy, laser designation
and long range target recognition.
But without the Thermal Imaging and Laser Designation
system (TIALD), they were kept out of the Kosovo war.
(The Army's Apache antitank helicopter also works on the laser designation
principle, except that it may hover while the weapons officer guides the missile.
The TALON was fired from a LAU-68 launcher fitted to L-3's Advanced Remote Weapon Station, using the company's OoNoE 360(TM) situational awareness imaging system, and Sonoma 1205MD(TM) turret for laser designation
. TALON RRWS has equipment from L-3's Integrated Optical Systems, Sonoma EO and KEO business units.