Accession Number : ADD009894

Title :   Survivable Target Acquisition and Designation System.

Descriptive Note : Patent,


Personal Author(s) : Patterson,Charles F

Report Date : 19 Oct 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 8

Abstract : A target acquisition and designation system is disclosed which enables an aircraft to perform aerial reconnaissance and surveillance, strikes of fixed or mobile targets, and other defense missions while at an altitude below which detection by enemy radar is effective., The system utilizes a very small, stealthy, unmanned glider equipped with a Forward Looking Infrared (FLIR) image sensor and a laser designator. The glider is towed by the aircraft and remotely controlled to fly at an elevation high above the aircraft where the FLIR and laser designator can be effectively utilized. A light-weight towline comprising one or more load-bearing tension members surrounded by a flexible member having a symmetrical streamlined exterior shape substantially reduces drag and allows the glider to be deployed from conventional aircraft. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Patents, *Aerial reconnaissance, *Target acquisition, *Laser target designators, Survival(General), Gliders, Forward looking infrared systems, Flexible structures, Towed aircraft, Military applications, Radar camouflage, Low altitude, Remote control, Deployment, Servomechanisms, Remote detectors

Subject Categories : Military Intelligence
      Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE