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Criteria For Developing A Multi-Sensor Reconnaissance Pod System For Carriage On Tactical Aircraft
Author(s): Harry F. Koper
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Paper Abstract

In pursuing the development of airborne tactical reconnaissance pods for Navy programs the main areas addressed were the tactical operational requirements and limitations imposed by the aircraft interface. These requirements and limitations established the design philosophy and sensor selection for these programs. The paper describes how various sensors, in concert with avionic systems, can be utilized by existing aircraft to collect multisensor reconnaissance information in an operational environment. The impact of design tradeoffs when interfacing an existing aircraft as opposed to developing a new sensor platform is discussed. Flight test results of a multisensor reconnaissance pod system installed on a tactical aircraft are presented. Problem areas relating to sensors and pods are presented as well as approaches to overcome these problems.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 September 1976
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0079, Aerial Reconnaissance Systems: Pods/Aircraft I, (8 September 1976); doi: 10.1117/12.954798
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Harry F. Koper, Naval Air Development Center (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0079:
Aerial Reconnaissance Systems: Pods/Aircraft I
Ed Shea, Editor(s)

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