Front sector optronics is an optronical sensor, which provides surveillance, tracking and identification of multiple targets to the aircraft system. This sensor is a multifunction sensor, which is located in the nose of the aircraft. It will be on the Rafale F2 standard, which will be delivered in 2005. The paper will present the main operational advantages of FSO compared with the other sensors of the Rafale F2. Technical characteristics of the FSO will be described and the key points of the design of the equipment (technology and software) in relation with the operational requirements will be presented. The functions of the FSO will then be described, in particular the way the system or the crew, in association with other sensors uses them in order to designate the target to the weapons. A summary of the latest flight tests on Rafale will be presented.
"Front sector optronics: a new targeting sensor for the Rafale F2", Proc. SPIE 4369, Infrared Technology and Applications XXVII, (10 October 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.445340; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.445340