Monday, October 8, 2012
Gathering Indicates Chile Has Acquired Advanced Pods
Six air forces that use the RecceLite reconnaissance pod met in Holland recently, and among those in attendance was the Chilean Air Force. The news is fresh evidence that Chile has acquired the pods, which are made by Israel's Rafael Advance Defense Systems. RecceLite provides real-time reconnaissance and data links. The word around aviation circles is that Chile has bought advanced Rafael pods for the FACH's F-16 fleet. Earlier, photographs of Chilean F-16s showed a targeting pod that appeared to be the Litening. The Litening and RecceLite resemble each other, and it's possible FACH is using both types. FACH has never publicly acknowledged having targeting or reconnaissance pods. Because they are not weapons, per se, they are not disclosed in the UN arms exports reports.