25 October 1994 F/A-18D(RC)IR/Eo-Lorops
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The U.S. Navy's desire to collect target imagery at long standoff ranges to protect aircrews from hostile ground fire has established a need for a long range standoff digital reconnaissance system capable of real-time data linking and rapid exploitation and dissemination via ground based digital imagery processing. The infrared/electro-optical-long range oblique photography system (IR/EO-LOROPS) currently under development by the Navy is intended to meet this need. The IR/EO-LOROPS will be a long range standoff, dual band, digital reconnaissance system, designed primarily for use on the F/A-18D reconnaissance capable (RC) aircraft. The IR/EO-LOROPS will be an upgraded version of the U.S. Air Force electro-optical-long range oblique photography system (EO-LOROPS). The EO-LOROPS is a visible waveband sensor system. The IR/EO-LOROPS will be a dual-band wavelength sensor operating in the visible and IR wavebands. The Air Force EO-LOROPS is installed in the RF-4C aircraft. The contract between the Navy and the prime contractor, Loral Fairchild Systems (LFS), requires LFS to design and build a pod suitable for carriage on the center line station of the F/A-18D reconnaissance capable (RC) aircraft, that will house and integrate either the IR/EO-LOROPS or EO-LOROPS sensor and its ancillary electronics. The contract also requires LFS to successfully demonstrate the capability to acquire and record standoff imagery. A data link (DL) capability is being incorporated in the design.
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Dennis C. Kent, Dennis C. Kent, } "F/A-18D(RC)IR/Eo-Lorops", Proc. SPIE 2272, Airborne Reconnaissance XVIII, (25 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.191901; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.191901
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