Lockheed Martin announced yesterday that it has sold an undisclosed number of Sniper Advanced laser designation pods in the United Arab Emirates to equip the Mirage 2000-9 emirati fleet. Already used on the UAE F-16E / F Block 60, the Sniper pod should integrate the Mirage 2000-9, the most advanced version of Dassault's aircraft, as part of its modernization program.
On the French side, the news must undoubtedly disappoint Thales who hoped to place on the Mirage 2000-9 sa new TALIOS designation carrycot. In France, the latter must indeed replace the DAMOCLES pod, which now equips French hunters but also the Mirage 2000-9 Emirates. In fact, DAMOCLES had even been designed specifically in collaboration with the UAE from their own needs. Locally designated SHEHAB and funded at 30% by the Emirates, DAMOCLES was also subsequently integrated into the Saudi Tornado and Typhoon, faced with needs similar to those of the United Arab Emirates.
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