Intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) missions are evolving to a higher level of sophistication and mission criticality. The current vision is to have an integrated battlefield (theater) with assets networked together for seamless access to real time information to support mission planning, operations and assessment. This paradigm shift has been named network-centric warfare. Recent technological advances in sensor performance have created a bottleneck in the envisioned network-centric architecture. Sensors operating at higher data rates and generating more imagery data can exceed available data link bandwidth. And as the Network-centric warfare concept evolves, there will emerge requirements for information flowing bi-directionally across the airborne portion of the network, compounding the problem of transferring sensor images.
Airborne Solid State Storage (Recording) Systems are increasingly used to relieve the bottleneck and mismatch between the airborne sensors and the mission planners, analysts and shooters. These Solid State Recorders (SSRs) provide the bandwidth to absorb the unprocessed imagery outputs of the full array of airborne sensors. This paper will elaborate upon the benefits of exploiting Solid State Recorders in support of the airborne portion of the ISR mission.