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RF-5E Tactical Reconnaissance Standoff Photography Concept
Author(s): Ronald M. Gibb
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Paper Abstract

Standoff oblique photography should become an increasingly important requirement for tactical reconnaissance systems in any future conflict. Strongly defended targets and limited command resources may make over-flights undesirable, with the result that intelligence data may be obtained from standoff imagery. Rapidly changing scenarios and new hardware development make it mandatory that tactical recon systems provide full-flight envelope data acquisition capability. Photography is a very efficient and cost-effective data collection system and is compatible with many of the world's air forces' resource capabilities. The RF-5E reconnaissance aircraft has been developed to meet the standoff oblique photography requirements in addition to the standard vertical photo and infrared reconnaissance requirements. The RF-5E incorporates prism type panoramic cameras, combined with aircraft primary V-type windows to permit in-flight selection by the pilot of vertical or wide angle, left or right, standoff photos. In addition, the RF-5E incorporates a pallet concept which permits mission reconfiguration from a 24-inch focal length pan camera to a 66-inch focal length multiframe camera. This paper describes the develop-ment history, concepts and capabilities of the RF-5E aircraft relative to standoff photography.

Paper Details

Date Published: 23 December 1980
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 0242, Long Focal Length, High Altitude Standoff Reconnaissance, (23 December 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959261
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Ronald M. Gibb, Northrop Corporation (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0242:
Long Focal Length, High Altitude Standoff Reconnaissance
Donald H. Jarvis, Editor(s)

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