Elbit subsidiary Electro-Optic's EO Airborne Reconnaissance pod has appeared at Farnborough for the first time.

The day/night electro-optical infra-red pod has been developed for the Lockheed Martin F-16 and can be operated at altitudes up to 25,000ft (7,600m), with a slant range of 20nm (37km) and features a real-time datalink.

The pod is thought to be primarily aimed at the Israeli air force requirement to replace the hugely-capable F-4E(S) 'Peace Jack' Phantoms to maintain reconnaissance-based security intelligence.

Project 'Peace Jack' was a joint Israel-USAF study for an advanced photo-reconnaissance aircraft capable of Mach 3+ performance carrying the HIAC-1 camera that had a focal length of 66in (1,700mm), offering unparalleled resolution at extreme ranges.

HIAC-1 was originally so large and heavy that it could only be carried by the Martin/General Dynamics RB-57F.

Source: Flight Daily News