Although the BAE Systems AN/AVD-11 TARS (Theater Airborne Reconnaissance System) pod is the US Air Force's newest manned tac-recce program, it has received much less attention than Navy programs, including its use only on Air National Guard F-16s.
Airborne Reconnaissance Systems Funding Forecast Figures based on the dollar value of FY02 Millions Manned Op/ Manned Tac SARs Strat Recce UAV Recce Recce FY00 430.
The wet-film Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance Pod System (TARPS) was first deployed on an F-14 Tomcat in 1981.
Early examples of Lockheed Martin Fairchild Systems' Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS), mounted internally in USMC F/A-18Ds, were successfully employed with no reliability problems in 66 sorties (175 flight hrs.
The ARL-M, employed for airborne reconnaissance
and surveillance, is fitted aboard a DeHavilland Canada RC-7B (commercial designation: DHC-7C Model 102) aircraft and consists of radar, communications-intelligence and imagery-intelligence systems.
The ACS will merge in one system the capabilities of Guardrail and the Airborne Reconnaissance
Low (ARL) system, combining the Guardrail's communications- and electronics-intelligence with the capabilities currently provided by the ARL system: a synthetic-aperture radar, a moving-target indicator, and electro-optical/infrared sensors (see "NEW ISR System to Replace Guardrail, ARL," JED, September 1999, p.
Mannouth, NJ) has begun searching for a new airborne intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR) system, dubbed the Aerial Common Sensor (ACS), which will eventually replace the Guardrail/Common Sensor (GRICS) and the Airborne Reconnaissance
Low (ARL) systems.
Originally overseen by the now-defunct Defense Airborne Reconnaissance
Office (DARO), the main goal of the MARS program was to integrate all the sensors on various aircraft (radar, cameras, SIGINT systems, etc.
John Entzminger, deputy director for technology at the Defense Airborne Reconnaissance
Office (DARO), speaking at the Security Studies Program Seminar at Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Nov.
6 million contract under a program to integrate the Joint Signals Intelligence Avionics Family (JSAF) Low Band Subsystem (LBSS) Demonstrator onto the multifunction variant of the Airborne Reconnaissance
Low (ARL-M) aircraft.