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September 7, 1987

TACTICAL AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE

Emphasis on Stealth Will Spur Improvements in Flir Sensors

Air Transport

Usaf Weighs Methods to Boost Strategic Cargo Airlift Capacity

TACTICAL AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE

Europeans Seek Interoperable Battle Reconnaissance Systems

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TACTICAL AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE

Emphasis on Stealth Will Spur Improvements in Flir Sensors

Washington—The current emphasis on stealth technology for new military aircraft will expand the role of passive airborne infrared imaging systems, generating pressures for further improvements in sensor technology. In the little more than a decade since forward-looking infrared (Flir) sensors were deployed operationally on a few types of aircraft, such as the Navy/Lockheed P-3 to permit detection and identification of potential targets at night, they have become almost mandatory for a wide variety of fixedand rotary-wing military aircraft.
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Air Transport

Usaf Weighs Methods to Boost Strategic Cargo Airlift Capacity

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TACTICAL AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE

Europeans Seek Interoperable Battle Reconnaissance Systems

Brussels—Western European nations are pursuing a wide-ranging modernization of their tactical surveillance systems by applying new technologies to meet increasingly sophisticated ground and air threats, and are working to improve interoperability for a maximum use of the returned data.

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TACTICAL AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE

Side-looking Radars Provide Realistic Images Under Adverse Weather Conditions

Phoenix, Ariz.—Side-looking synthetic aperture radar systems continue to be a vital airborne surveillance tool for tactical field commanders, offering near-real-time high-resolution photo-like imagery under night and adverse weather conditions, as well as 70-plus naut.-mi. standoff ranges.

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TACTICAL AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE

Atars Competition Spurs Technology Shift From Photo to Electro-optical

Washington—The Air Force plans to award a contract next month to begin development of a new electro-optical sensor suite, the Advanced Tactical Air Reconnaissance System (ATARS), the first major upgrade to Air Force and Navy tactical reconnaissance fleets in more than 20 years.

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TACTICAL AIRBORNE SURVEILLANCE

Reconnaissance Shifts to Electro-optical; Film Still Preferred for Highest Quality

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AEROSPACE FORUM

Defense Industry and Government: Partners Or Antagonists?

In other developed nations, notably our chief adversary, defense is entirely a government matter wherein weapon systems and equipment are supplied by government arsenals or government-controlled factories. In the United States we have opted for a different and potentially more advantageous approach in which the talents of free enterprise industry are employed for the weapons production assignment.
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COMMERCIAL SPACE

Aussat Orbital Delivery Plan Confirms Satellite User Trend

Los Angeles—Aussat Proprietary, Ltd., will call for delivery to orbit for its new satellites when it issues specifications shortly, furthering a trend among satellite users to have the seller provide all services to orbit, including launch and insurance.

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TACTICAL AIRBORNE RECONNAISSANCE

Vhsic Demonstrates Significant Benefits in Performing Signal Processing Functions

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LAVI TERMINATION

Lavi Cancellation Sets Back Pratt’s Pw1120 Engine Program

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