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Airborne Tactical Reconnaissance

Complete reconnaissance solution with camera, control system, software, harnesses, environment control, power unit, control panel, and pod aerostructure for tactical fighter aircraft.


Introduction

Modern day multirole combat aircraft undertake the tactical reconnaissance (RECCE) role using a podded reconnaissance solution that can be shared amongst the aircraft type it is designed for.

In that context, Terma has developed the F-16 Tactical Reconnaissance System (TRS) for the Royal Danish Air Force (RDAF). The system has been operational since 2006 at Fighter Wing Skrydstrup. It consists of Terma's F-16 centerline mounted Modular Reconnaissance Pod (MRP) equipped with an advanced RECCE suite as well as associated Ground Station and Integrated Logistic Support (ILS) equipment.

Successful update of Terma’s Modular Reconnaissance Pod
Due to a recent update performed by Terma, the F-16 Modular Reconnaissance Pod (MRP) have been certified for increased operational airspeeds with simultaneous carriage of a targeting pod, so the F-16s can now perform RECCE, Close Air Support (CAS), and precision bombing in one and the same mission - greatly increasing the flexibility during missions. 

 

F-16 with TRS MRP

Benefits

TRS is designed for the F-16 Mid-Life Update (MLU), Block 50/52, and newer variants with a fully automatic RECCE mode that allows simultaneous maneuvering of the aircraft and a manual RECCE mode which gives the pilot complete control of the MRP RECCE suite using his Joint Helmet Mounted Cueing System (JHMCS) to designate any target of interest and pointing the sensors towards the target. 

TRS is fully integrated with the Hands On Throttle And Stick (HOTAS) and Multi Function Display (MFD) cockpit controls via the F-16 Generic RECCE interface, allowing easy pilot control of the system without removing his attention from controlling the aircraft.

Reconnaissance data is processed at the Ground Station and disseminated in STANAG 4545 NATO Secondary Imagery Format (NSIF). 

F-16 with TRS MRP and LANTIRN

Functionality

TRS consists of three major components; namely the Airborne Segment, Ground Segment, and Support Segment each with different roles and functions, comprising a complete an aerial tactical reconnaissance system.

Airborne Segment: 

TRS MRP
  • MRP is controlled by a Reconnaissance Management System (RMS) with a modular software architecture that makes it easy to integrate new sensors or Line Replaceable Units (LRU) with existing systems
  • Automatic mission execution; flying a preplanned route covering preplanned targets
  • Manual override using JHMCS to designate any target of interest and pointing sensor
  • Incorporates a Digital Terrain Elevation Database (DTED) for optimum sensor performance
  • Built-in-test functionality integrated with cockpit master caution panel and Data Entry Display (DED).

Ground Segment: 

Ground station
  • Ground Stations are equipped with STANAG 4575 NATO Advanced Data Storage Interface (NADSI) for downloading mission data from Removable Memory Module (RMM)   
  • Ground stations are equipped with Joint ISR Management & Processing Systems (JIMaPS) software used for all mission planning and reconnaissance data processing tasks
  • JIMaPS integrates with the Joint Mission Planning System (JMPS) for ease of planning task
  • RECCE missions are planned in a 3D environment taking the earth's surface, curvature, target elevation, shape and dimensions into account
  • NSIF images are placed on the earth's surface in the same 3D environment using DTED and sensor model to make tie-points for correct geo-referencing.

 Support Segment: 

  • The ILS equipment allows organizational and intermediate level repair of the TRS electronics and mechanics
  • Electro-hydraulic transportation and handling equipment used for mounting the MRP on the F-16 centerline and back-shop maintenance
  • Test equipment for fault isolation and MRP check-out
  • Intuitive simulation and training equipment for pilot training.  
Transportation equipment