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Unmanned tactical reconnaissance in real time
Author(s): Bertel J. Hansen
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Paper Abstract

The next generation of unmanned tactical reconnaissance aircraft are designed to coniplement manned reconnaissance aircraft in meeting the needs for high resolution tactical imagery in a high threat environment. The unmanned recce aircraft is well suited for applications in which the target area is well known and heavily defended. These targets are often located in rear areas well beyond the FEBA and outside of radio line-of-sight (LOS). The UAV must operate autonomously to record reconnaissance information and transmit this imagery in near- real-time when data link coiununications can be established with the controlling ground processing facility. This paper describes current concepts which improve the timeliness of data and provide additional synergism between manned and unmanned tactical reconnaissance systems. The UAV significantly extends the operational range and enhances versatility of tactical reconnaissance at low risk and low cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 November 1990
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 1342, Airborne Reconnaissance XIV, (1 November 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.23145
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Bertel J. Hansen, Teledyne Ryan Aeronautical (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1342:
Airborne Reconnaissance XIV
Paul A. Henkel; Francis R. LaGesse; Wayne W. Schurter, Editor(s)

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