PODLite is a self-contained, multi-sensor ISR system for the UAV platform, based on the tactical reconnaissance pod for combat aircraft. it simultaneously collects high-resolution infrared and visual digital images, day and night, within a very wide field of regard, in accordance with an automatic mission plan and/or manual operation, and transmits the images, which are then viewed and interpreted in real time at the ground exploitation station. The system comprises a persistent ISR payload, Ground Data Link Station (GDLS) and Ground Exploitation Station (GES).
The PODLite system is revolutionary in that the inertial LOS control enables routine scanning of extremely wide areas irrespective of the UAVs maneuvers and facilitates IED detection as well. The PODLite system is designed for installation on a UAV without the need for a modification to the aircraft. Features include a 640 x 512 pixel forward-looking infrared camera charge-coupled device television laser spot tracker/range finder infrared marker and a laser designator