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Design of an airframe agnostic roll-on/roll-off (AA-RORO) sensor platform
Author(s): Bruce Sparks; Zenovy S. Wowczuk; A. Jay Harrison
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Paper Abstract

The US military has recently taken tactical steps to increase its ISR capabilities to support military operations. Due to the dynamic capabilities of the terrorist threat, there is a need for a payload- and airframe-agnostic, rapid-deployment sensor system that can be used on multiple airframes for in-theater missions and for the test and evaluation of sensors prior to fielding. This "plug-and-play" system, based upon the Oculus Sensor Deployment System technology, uses a system-of-systems approach to modularize the base platform, thereby allowing the system to conform to aircraft such as the C-130, C-27, V-22, CH-47, CH-53 and CASA-235 without any modification to the airframe itself. This type of system can be used as (1) a versatile, cost-effective test and evaluation platform for current and developmental sensors as well as (2) an in-theater ISR asset that can be used on readily available airframes at a particular location. This paper illustrates the CONUS and OCONUS mission potential of this multi-airframe system and outlines the novel design characteristics that the Airframe Agnostic Roll-on/Roll-off (AA-RORO) sensor platform incorporates to make it the most versatile, rapid-deployment sensor platform available to support near-term U.S. military operations. The system concept was developed with the support of and input from multiple military agencies and the respective branches they represent.

Paper Details

Date Published: 28 April 2009
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 7307, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications VI, 730709 (28 April 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818910
Show Author Affiliations
Bruce Sparks, Oculus Development, LLC (United States)
Zenovy S. Wowczuk, ARES Systems Group, LLC (United States)
A. Jay Harrison, ARES Systems Group, LLC (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7307:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications VI
Daniel J. Henry, Editor(s)

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