Accession Number : ADA309772

Title :   F-14 Lantirn Flight Testing. The Cat is Back!!

Descriptive Note : Professional paper,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIV PATUXENT RIVER MD

Personal Author(s) : Mnich, William

PDF Url : ADA309772

Report Date : 18 APR 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 30

Abstract : The system is currently operational on both the F-15 and F-16. Shown here on the Strike Eagle are the key elements of LANTIRN, which features two independant pod-mounted sensors. On the left side is the Navigation pod containing both the Terrain-Following Radar and Navigation FLIR, images from which can be presented to the pilot on the Wide FOV raster HUD for low-level navigation. The targeting pod is carried on the other side, and incorporates the targeting FLIR and laser rangefinder systems. With the full two-pod system, the F-l5E can perform the low-altitude strike mission day or night in almost any weather conditions. It's a magnificent weapons system with an outstanding combat record, and was one of the stars of Desert Storm. Unfortunately, the F-15 can't land on an aircraft carrier. So, why did the Navy decide to incorporate the LANTIRN targeting pod on the F-14, and how did we do it?

Descriptors :   *FLIGHT TESTING, *FORWARD LOOKING INFRARED SYSTEMS, *NIGHT FLIGHT, *LOW ALTITUDE, *TERRAIN ANALYSIS RADAR, *NIGHT RECONNAISSANCE, DETECTORS, WEAPON SYSTEMS, LASERS, NAVIGATION, EXTERNAL STORES, LOW LEVEL, DAY, TARGETING, MOUNTS, RANGE FINDING, STRIKE WARFARE, RASTERS, TERRAIN FOLLOWING.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Cartography and Aerial Photography
      Active & Passive Radar Detection & Equipment

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE