I'm curious about what the square glass object is that's beside the 2 landing lights on this United Arab Emirates 747-SP-Z5.
I suspect this 747-SP is a government aircraft that flys with VIP's onboard which would explain the radar dome on top of the fuslage (I think that's what it is), and the electronic counter measures (ECM) that are located on the back of each engine pylon for the purpose of detecting a heat seeking surface to air missle (SAM). I think there's also a missle detector under the APU exhaust in the tail cone.
I've seen these ECM missle detectors before on Gulfstream V bizjets and the USA's "Air Force One" 747, but I've never seen a square glass object before like the one in this photo.
Does anyone know what it is?
A guess on my part would be that it's an ECM for detecting lazer guided SAM's or maybe it's simply a camera for some reason.
Check it out ...............
Photo © D.Lausberg
You can see the ECM's detectors on the engine pylons in these photos.
Photo © JetPix
Photo © Tim Feise - AirTeamImages