Aerial Photographic Reconnaissance

aerial photographic reconnaissance

[′e·rē·əl ‚fōd·ə¦graf·ik ri′kän·ə·səns]
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The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Aerial Photographic Reconnaissance


one of the basic methods of aerial reconnaissance; it includes the photographing of enemy troops, engineering construction sites, and terrain with aerial cameras mounted on airplanes or on other types of aircraft and the developing and deciphering of photographs.

It is used to reveal and study targets, to determine their precise location by coordinates, and to refine topographical maps for the immediate security of military actions. Aerial photographing can be performed during the day by the natural illumination of the terrain or at night using artificial illumination from photographic bomb flares, photorockets, or specialized electrical equipment.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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Finnegan well documents, aerial photographic reconnaissance became the mainstay of artillery spotting; knowledge of infantry contact as battles unfolded; and deep looks at enemy preparations, logistics, and communications networks.

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