Loral successfully tests electro-optical long range photography system for U.S. Air Force.
Notification of the system's success is important because Loral Fairchild Systems is delivering 12 systems under a $32 million Air Force contract, which called for Loral to develop, test and deliver the EO-LOROPS systems and installation kits and ground stations. Additionally, the successful tests open the prospect of sales to countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
To conduct the airborne tests required under the Air Force contract, two systems were delivered and flown on an RF-4C aircraft. All test data, collected from October 1994 through January 1995 at Hill AFB, Ogden, Utah, was reviewed by a joint government/Loral evaluation team that determined the imagery quality met or exceeded the required ground resolved distance of 36 inches or less specified in the contract in 100 percent of the test cases. Ninety-five resolution bar targets, called Tribar images, and 24 tactical target datapoints selected by the government were used in the test evaluation.
The EO-LOROPS will provide the Air Force and the Department of Defense with the capability to collect precise, identification quality images from 40 nautical miles using tactical aircraft assigned to the theater commander. Conducting operations from these ranges ensures safety for the aircrew and platform, and also allows continuous surveillance of potentially aggressive activity without violating sovereign airspace.
When the EO-LOROPS program began in 1989, the Air Force intended to deploy the electro-optical systems on the RF-4C aircraft. But because of the RF-4C's retirement, the Air Force and the contractor community have begun discussions to decide which platform will be used to carry the EO-LOROPS systems. Additionally, the U.S. Navy is considering a podded EO-LOROPS system for the F/A-18, and has purchased two systems under the Air Force contract.
Loral Fairchild Systems produces airborne reconnaissance systems, infrared sensors for surveillance and missile seekers, aircraft cockpit and space cameras, electronic combat equipment, and training and simulation systems.
Loral Corporation, headquartered in New York City, is a high- technology company that primarily concentrates in defense electronics, communications, space and systems integration.
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