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Tactical reconnaissance mission survivability requirements
Author(s): Andre G. Lareau; Ross Collins
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Paper Abstract

Survivability has been a key operative word for the commanders of today's Air Force. Today's technology offers a substantial threat which challenges mission success, mission equipment, and platform survivability. In particular, the transition from photographic to electro-optical (E-O) tactical reconnaissance presents survivability issues that must be addressed today to properly plan and train for near-term deployment. In addition, the declining defense budget environment mandates that the USAF optimize its modern reconnaissance mission equipment to enhance tactical survivability. This paper discusses current, nonclassified, tactical reconnaissance mission tactics as taught at the Air National Guard Reconnaissance Weapons School. It examines the advantages and disadvantages of E-O technology in terms of mission, aircrew, and platform survivability and draws conclusions supporting the need for reconnaissance mission equipment which enhances survivability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 1991
PDF: 18 pages
Proc. SPIE 1538, Airborne Reconnaissance XV, (1 December 1991); doi: 10.1117/12.48695
Show Author Affiliations
Andre G. Lareau, Recon/Optical, Inc. (United States)
Ross Collins, Idaho Air National Guard (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1538:
Airborne Reconnaissance XV
Thomas W. Augustyn; Paul A. Henkel, Editor(s)

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