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F/A-18 multispectral tactical reconnaissance
Author(s): David Heinz; Paul R. Demers; Mike Pingsterhaus; Bob Insinna; John L. Minor; Robert H. Jeffers
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Paper Abstract

In order to continue to provide tactical air reconnaissance for the Marines, a reconnaissance variant of the F/A—i 8D has been introduced to the fleet. This aircraft fulfills a void that was created by the retirement of the RF—4B aircraft which were forced to retire due to increasing difficulties at maintaining them. The F/A—i 8D aircraft, when retrofitted with the reconnaissance equipment, is designated as the F/A—i8D(RC) (Reconnaissance Capable). As such, it provides high resolution, long range standoff and overflight reconnaissance capabilities, for day or night, for all weather and under—the—weather missions. The F/A—i8D(RC) employs electro—optical (EO), infrared (IR), and synthetic aperature radar (SAR) sensors for the gathering of the image data. Image data is recorded onto two onboard recorders and is available for downlink to ground stations for subsequent dissemination and exploitation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 21 November 1997
PDF: 15 pages
Proc. SPIE 3128, Airborne Reconnaissance XXI, (21 November 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.293351
Show Author Affiliations
David Heinz, Naval Air Systems Command (United States)
Paul R. Demers, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Mike Pingsterhaus, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
Bob Insinna, McDonnell Douglas Aerospace (United States)
John L. Minor, Lockheed Martin Fairchild Systems (United States)
Robert H. Jeffers, Hughes Aircraft Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3128:
Airborne Reconnaissance XXI
Wallace G. Fishell, Editor(s)

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