Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System

Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System

Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS) is a system for image acquisition, data storage, and data link used by the United States Marine Corps on it F/A-18D Hornet aircraft. It consists of the Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (ATARS) with infrared and visible light sensors, two digital tape recorders, and a Reconnaissance Management System (RMS); an interface with the APG-73 Radar Upgrade (Phase II) which records synthetic aperture radar (SAR) imagery; and a digital data link mounted in a centerline pod. ATARS fits in the nose in place of the nose gun, with a small datalink pod mounted on the centerline station. The digital data link will transmit imagery and auxiliary data to any Common Imaging Ground/Surface Station (CIG/SS) compatible system including the Joint Services Imagery Processing System (JSIPS) or Marine Tactical Exploitation Group (TEG) based ashore and Navy JSIPS (JSIPS-N) aboard ship.

Operational Use

Each of the six U.S. Marine Corps F/A-18D squadrons have three ATARS aircraft, giving a total of 18 ATARS equipped aircraft altogether. The first operational use of ATARS equipped aircraft occurred in February 2000 when MCAS Beaufort based VMFA(AW)-332 deployed to Hungary in Operation Allied Force. ATARS is a considerable advance in capability on the Marines old RF-4B/C aircraft.

ATARS also is the acronym for an unrelated USAF program - Aircrew Training and Rehearsal Support. The ATARS program acquires, sustains and supports mission qualification training and rehearsal system hardware, software and courseware (to include instructors) for Air Force Special Operations Forces (AFSOF), Combat Search and rescue (CSAR) and UH-1 operations. Weapon systems include the MH-53J/M, UH-1N, HH-60G, CV-22, MC-130E/H/P, AC-130H/U, HC-130P/N, and EC-130J. (from


* []
* []

External links

* [ After Action report on ATARS after ‘’Allied Force’’]

Wikimedia Foundation. 2010.

Игры ⚽ Нужно решить контрольную?

Look at other dictionaries:

  • Advanced Tactical Fighter — Lockheed Martin F 22 Raptor …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • United States Marine Air-Ground Task Force Reconnaissance — See also: United States Marine Corps Special Operations Capable Forces The United States Marine Corps have many reconnaissance elements that are valuable to a Marine Air Ground Task Force (MAGTF) by providing the force and component commanders [i …   Wikipedia

  • Airborne early warning and control — AEW redirects here. For other uses, see AEW (disambiguation). For the airline, see Air Wisconsin. United States Air Force E 3 Sentry …   Wikipedia

  • Tactical Air Command — emblem Active 1946–1992 Country …   Wikipedia

  • Airborne Early Warning and Control — An Airborne Early Warning (AEW) system is a radar system carried by an aircraft which is designed to detect other aircraft. Used at a high altitude, the radars allow the operators to distinguish between friendly and hostile aircraft hundreds of… …   Wikipedia

  • ATARS — Advanced Tactical Airborne Reconnaissance System (Governmental » Military) …   Abbreviations dictionary

  • F-16 Fighting Falcon — infobox Aircraft name= F 16 Fighting Falcon caption=A USAF F 16 over Iraq after refueling, 2008 type= Multirole fighter national origin = United States manufacturer= General Dynamics Lockheed Martin first flight= 2 February avyear|1974… …   Wikipedia

  • F-16 Fighting Falcon variants — A large number of F 16 Fighting Falcon variants have been produced by General Dynamics, Lockheed Martin, and various licensed manufacturers. These versions, along with major modification programs and derivative designs significantly influenced by …   Wikipedia

  • Special reconnaissance — This article is a subset article under Human Intelligence. For a complete hierarchical list of articles, see the intelligence cycle management hierarchy. Special Reconnaissance (SR) is conducted by small units of highly trained military personnel …   Wikipedia

  • Operational Test and Evaluation Force — (OPTEVFOR) seal Active December, 1947 – Present Country …   Wikipedia

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”