air photographic reconnaissance


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air photographic reconnaissance

Obtaining information by air photography. Its short form is photo reconnaissance. There are three types: (i) strategic photographic reconnaissance carried out by satellites, unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), or special-purpose aircraft that cover large areas; (ii) tactical photographic reconnaissance normally carried out by fighter reconnaissance aircraft or tactical UAVs and normally restricted to battlefield areas or areas slightly in the rear; and (iii) survey or cartographic photography taken for survey or cartographic purposes.
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