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Aircraft Penetration Under Cloud Cover
Author(s): M. F. Sentovich; J. M. Haynes
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Paper Abstract

In regions of partial cloud cover, strategic aircraft will penetrate their attack corridors a finite distance before detection by an electro-optical sensor. Malick and Allen have quantified by geographic region the probability of an E-0 sensor establishing a track on an aircraft flying under partial cloud cover. This paper shows the importance of cloud distribution within the critical region and quantifies expected penetration distance. A statistical analysis has been developed which is based on cloud cover data from the USAF ETAC 3-DNEPH grid. Expected penetration distance before detection is presented for a variety of geographic regions, seasons, times of day and attack altitudes. Excellent detection of a raid is shown regardless of penetration altitude, and particularly cloudy attack routes are identified.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 December 1980
PDF: 6 pages
Proc. SPIE 0253, Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology VI, (17 December 1980); doi: 10.1117/12.959511
Show Author Affiliations
M. F. Sentovich, Rockwell International (United States)
J. M. Haynes, SRI International (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0253:
Modern Utilization of Infrared Technology VI
Irving J. Spiro, Editor(s)

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