Author Topic: Non-Traditional Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (NTISR)  (Read 499 times)

girder

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While reading the Rafael brochure for the LITENING targeting pod, I noticed mention of a particular capability:





Which got me reading up on the topic:

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NTISR has many faces and tasks associated, but the broad definition is a mission in which a pilot uses his or her advanced targeting pod to look at the enemy, the environment, or any other object, person, place, or thing identified by the supported unit as important to its operation.

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As an ad hoc capability, NTISR provides only a fraction of the sensor coverage that traditional ISR aircraft perform. This is a limitation of the sensors  employed  by  the  vast  majority  of  aircraft  that  support  NTISR,  which are mostly via EO/IR pods. NTISR supports imagery intelligence (IMINT)  when  employing  EO/IR  pods  such  as  Litening  or  Sniper.

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Though  these  EO/IR  pods  are  highly  capable  sensors,  they  are  still  pigeonholed into support of IMINT. Their capabilities were designed pri-marily  for  ground  targeting,  but  are  now  used  for  nontraditional  pur-poses.  For  example,  the  IR  marker  on  the  Sniper  XR  has  the  ability  to  provide situational awareness (SA) to other aircraft and the ground com-mander during night operations, as well. Its onboard laser allows the air-craft  to  obtain  highly  accurate  coordinates  not  only  for  employment  of  ordnance, but to provide locations of different points of interest (POI) for the ground commander. Current tactics also allow aircraft to buddy lase, which involves one aircraft releasing a laser-guided munition while the other  aircraft  guides  it  in  with  the  laser  on  its  targeting  pod.  The  laser  spot  search  (LSS)  and  laser  spot  tracker  (LST)  functions  allow  one  air-craft  to  essentially  drag  the  other  aircraft’s  pod  onto  a  specific  POI.  Though  originally  designed  for  targeting,  their  unique  capabilities  pro-vided built-in flexibility.

References:

Cornelius, M. (2015). Nontraditional Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance: Making the Most of Airborne Assets. Air University Press, Air Force Research Institute.  [Alternate Link]

Bucklew, K.W. (2009). Non-Traditional Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance:  A Challenge to USMC Fixed Wing Tactical Aircraft.

girder

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Mention of NTISR capability with regard to the Sniper targeting pod being integrated onto the FA-50.

A Lockheed Martin infographic on the integration of the Sniper targeting pod to the FA-50.