New Reconnaissance Pod ready for South African Gripen

Thales yesterday announced the delivery to Saab of its Digital Joint Reconnaissance Pod (DJRP), for installation on the South African Gripen. The announcement was made during the Africa Aerospace & Defence exhibition in Cape Town. Saab will now start a series of integration flight trials.

The DJRP completed its factory integration tests in June and will now be installed on the Gripen platform. Handover of the reconnaissance pod to the South African Air Force (SAAF) will occur after the integration phase.

Christian Lamoureux, CEO of Thales South Africa, says: “We are proud of this important milestone in our long-standing relationship with the South African Air Force.”

The DJRP is integrated onto fighter aircraft, such as the Gripen, and takes high-resolution images of the battlefield as it flies overhead. The digital images from the pod are then exploited by Image Analysts on the ground to assess what tactical decisions need to be taken.

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