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SHAred Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) program
Author(s): Dennis C. Kent
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Paper Abstract

The SHAred Reconnaissance Pod (SHARP) Program is a United States Navy tactical reconnaissance program that culminates in the supply of visible and infrared imagery products to the fleet. The intent of the program is to provide the warfighter the most robust tactical reconnaissance capability possible in a timely manner. The SHARP concept is a multi-function reconnaissance pod, adaptable to several airborne platforms for tactical manned airborne reconnaissance. The genesis platform is the Navy F/A-18. With regard to multi-platform application, a smart pod approach has been pursued with most of the required functionality being incorporated into the pod. SHARP will replace the Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) flying on the Navy F-14. This paper outlines the SHARP Program requirements and acquisition approach, along with the SHARP system capabilities and operation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 December 2001
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 4492, Airborne Reconnaissance XXV, (21 December 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.451130
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Dennis C. Kent, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4492:
Airborne Reconnaissance XXV
Wallace G. Fishell; Arthur A. Andraitis, Editor(s)

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