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Airborne Reconnoissance Pod Flijht Test
Author(s): P. Henkel; R. Sturz
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Paper Abstract

Today's political environment has seen an increasing effort for deficit reduction resulting in defense budget cuts and decreased spending. Military capability is difficult to maintain under these circumstances unless innovation offers a low-cost alternative. One critical military capability is the ability to collect intelligence data efficiently. Tactical aerial reconnaissance its a large part of this capability. The aerial reconnaissance process usually involves dedicated aircraft with a single mission. The aircraft used for this mission are specially outfitted versions of fighter aircraft with avionics modified for the reconnaissance task. The luxury of such aircraft appears to be a thing of the past. This can be seen by recent attempts to designate a next-generation reconnaissance aircraft without success. Stopgap measures have been offered which consist of updating existing reconnaissance aircraft with new sensors and improved avionics. Upgrades definitely have their place, but do not take advantage of the multirole capabilities of modern tactical aircraft. Tactical aircraft avionics suites afford options not found in older aircraft, plus improved maintenance aspects of such systems. One method of overcoming aircraft generation gaps is to include a reconnaissance option in the form of a pod. The reconnaissance pod is not a new concept, but one which may have "found its time." The reconnaissance pod outfitted with modern sensors offers versatility, survivability and economy while reducing logistics, maintenance and training. This paper discusses a pod and sensor suite flight test program performed to verify the design features of the aerial reconnaissance pod.

Paper Details

Date Published: 20 February 1987
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 0694, Airborne Reconnaissance X, (20 February 1987); doi: 10.1117/12.936768
Show Author Affiliations
P. Henkel, General Dynamics (United States)
R. Sturz, CAI, a Division of RECON/OPTICAL, INC. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 0694:
Airborne Reconnaissance X
Paul A. Henkel; Francis R. LaGesse, Editor(s)

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