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28 April 2009 Design of an airframe agnostic roll-on/roll-off (AA-RORO) sensor platform
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The US military has recently taken tactical steps to increase its ISR capabilities to support military operations. Due to the dynamic capabilities of the terrorist threat, there is a need for a payload- and airframe-agnostic, rapid-deployment sensor system that can be used on multiple airframes for in-theater missions and for the test and evaluation of sensors prior to fielding. This "plug-and-play" system, based upon the Oculus Sensor Deployment System technology, uses a system-of-systems approach to modularize the base platform, thereby allowing the system to conform to aircraft such as the C-130, C-27, V-22, CH-47, CH-53 and CASA-235 without any modification to the airframe itself. This type of system can be used as (1) a versatile, cost-effective test and evaluation platform for current and developmental sensors as well as (2) an in-theater ISR asset that can be used on readily available airframes at a particular location. This paper illustrates the CONUS and OCONUS mission potential of this multi-airframe system and outlines the novel design characteristics that the Airframe Agnostic Roll-on/Roll-off (AA-RORO) sensor platform incorporates to make it the most versatile, rapid-deployment sensor platform available to support near-term U.S. military operations. The system concept was developed with the support of and input from multiple military agencies and the respective branches they represent.
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Bruce Sparks, Zenovy S. Wowczuk, and A. Jay Harrison "Design of an airframe agnostic roll-on/roll-off (AA-RORO) sensor platform", Proc. SPIE 7307, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications VI, 730709 (28 April 2009);

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