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The USAF Quick Strike Reconnaissance Program
Author(s): George H. Meyers; Harvey Stark
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Paper Abstract

The USAF is conducting a feasibility demonstration of combining existing and newly developed reconnaissance sensors on an RF-4 aircraft to provide a real/near real-time reconnaissance capability. The components that make up the entire QSR system are the sensor aircraft, a relay aircraft, a ground station, a command post, and strike aircraft. The typical QSR mission will be flown at night or in poor weather at low altitude and high speed and be directed at flying over time-sensitive targets whose position or approximate position was previously known. This report describes the sensors integrated on the RF-4 aircraft, their interactions, and the amount of modification required to each to provide a real-time reconnaissance capability. A discussion is provided that describes the operational factors that influence the system design and the importance of crew work load in the design of the control display systems. Pictures of the systems and control panels are provided to illustrate the magnitude and complexity of the integration task. The intent of the paper is to emphasis the requirement that when new sensors are developed consideration for interaction with other sensors must be given in the initial design phase. Only then will total sensor capability be realized.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 August 1977
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 0101, Airborne Reconnaissance: Tactical/Real Time II, (8 August 1977); doi: 10.1117/12.955380
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George H. Meyers, Instrument Division � Lear Siegler, Inc. (United States)
Harvey Stark, Instrument Division � Lear Siegler, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0101:
Airborne Reconnaissance: Tactical/Real Time II
Theodore Freitag; Edgar Frasher, Editor(s)

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