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Origin: United Kingdom
Parent System: TIALD
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 1991
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Description: The TIALD is a second-generation laser designator pod designed to provide the Royal Air Force's (RAF) Tornado Gr1 and Gr4 fighter bomber aircraft with precision strike capability. This targeting pod entered service with the RAF Tornado Gr1 aircraft during the Gulf War of 1991. The TIALD pod is designed to provide day and night guidance for Paveway laser guided bombs. It includes a high resolution Forward-Looking-Infrared (FLIR), a laser designator and a tracking system which provides automatic target tracking without the intervention of the aircraft's Weapon Systems Officer (WSO) once the target is locked. Besides, upgraded models include a TV camera under the 400-Series modification. The 500-Series is a further upgrade focusing on improved sensors and electronics.
The TIALD pod is pointed at the target by the aircraft's navigation system; once the pilot or WSO has identified the target on his cockpit display the aiming cross is positioned over the target and the pod is switched into automatic tracking mode. At the appropriate moment during the attack, the TIALD laser is turned on, which provides the bomb's guidance system with the required information to complete the attack. The whole process is recorded and can be replayed after landing to assess the success of the mission.
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