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You can run, but you canít hide (Navyís IRST system successfully completes first flight)
Navair News ^ | Feb 18, 2014

Posted on 02/18/2014 9:08:08 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki

NAVAL AIR SYSTEMS COMMAND, PATUXENT RIVER, Md. — The Navy’s Infrared Search and Track (IRST), a passive, long-range sensor that searches for and detects heat sources, successfully completed its first flight aboard an F/A-18 Super Hornet on Feb. 11, from Edwards Air Force Base, Calif.

The system can simultaneously track multiple targets and provide a highly effective air-to-air targeting capability, even when encountering advanced threats equipped with radar-jamming technology.

Because IRST is passive, unlike radar systems, it does not give off radiation and is harder to detect.

“Adding an advanced infrared sensor to the Super Hornet broadens the Navy’s warfighting ability,” said Capt. Frank Morley, the F/A-18 and EA-18G Program Office’s (PMA-265) program manager. “Combined with the Super Hornet’s advanced radar and the Growler’s electronic-attack radar-jamming ability, IRST will transform the way the Super Hornet conducts air-to-air operations and allows the fleet to dominate the skies in all threat environments. It is truly a game-changing capability.”

The requirement for an IRST on the Super Hornet is the direct result of advancements in threat electronic-warfare systems. The system, manufactured by Lockheed Martin, provides the F/A-18 Super Hornet an alternate air-to-air targeting system in a high-threat electronic-attack environment.

“I am proud of how we have worked with our industry partners, Boeing and Lockheed Martin, to bring this much-needed detection capability one step closer to the fleet,” said Brian Hall, deputy program manager for Spectrum Dominance in PMA-265. “As the current threat environment continues to evolve, PMA-265 continues to advance the fleet and warfighter in order to stay ahead of these threats.”

IRST is just one of the Navy’s F/A-18E/F flight-plan capabilities designed to ensure the Block II Super Hornet will stay ahead of known and emerging threats through 2025 and beyond.

Other F/A-18E/F Super Hornet next-generation capabilities included in the flight plan are advanced fused sensors, Active Electronically Scanned Array (AESA) Radar, Counter Electronic Attack (CEA), Distributed Targeting System (DTS), Multi-sensor Integration (MSI), Anti-Surface Warfare (ASuW), IP-Based Linked Networks and advanced air-to-ground and air-to-air precision weapons operating on an open-architecture backplane.

“With the successful completion of the IRST first flight, we are looking forward to moving on to the next steps required to field this invaluable capability,” Morley said.


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: aerospace; irst; superhornet; usn

The crew of the F/A-18 Super Hornet carrying the Navy’s Infrared Search and Track (IRST), a long-wave infrared sensor system that searches for and detects heat sources within its field of regard, inspects the aircraft Feb. 11 before the maiden flight with the pod at Edwards Air Force Base, Calif. (Photo courtesy of Lockheed Martin)

1 posted on 02/18/2014 9:08:08 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

>> field of regard

What does that mean?


2 posted on 02/18/2014 9:10:08 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

How long before Obama gives this technology to the Chinese, just to keep the field even?


3 posted on 02/18/2014 9:12:34 PM PST by doc1019
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To: doc1019

The Chinese have been using Russian IRST systems for about 20 years now. Those are inferior to the new ones on the Super Hornet, but its not alien technology to them.


4 posted on 02/18/2014 9:17:34 PM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: Gene Eric

proprietrary, you’d need an NDA to find out.


5 posted on 02/18/2014 9:20:16 PM PST by RitchieAprile
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To: Gene Eric
From "allexperts" website.

- Field of regard: the area covered for the detector of the system when pointing to all mechanically posible positions.

It's field of view, and then some.

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6 posted on 02/18/2014 9:31:01 PM PST by Seaplaner (Never give in. Never give in. Never...except to convictions of honour and good sense. W. Churchill)
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To: Gene Eric
Field of view is how much the sensor can see at one time without moving. Field of regard is when you combine the mechanical movement of the sensor with the field of view.

For example, the current generation of night vision goggle has a forty degree field of view, how much you see without moving your head. The field of regard is how much you can see limited by the field of you, plus how far you can move your head.

7 posted on 02/18/2014 9:43:12 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit; Seaplaner

Thanks!


8 posted on 02/18/2014 9:50:47 PM PST by Gene Eric (Don't be a statist!)
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To: doc1019

They already have it (the new IRST). My $$.


9 posted on 02/18/2014 9:54:56 PM PST by logi_cal869
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To: Gene Eric

You’re paying for it. I don’t mind explaining the unclassified portions of it.


10 posted on 02/18/2014 10:29:21 PM PST by USNBandit (sarcasm engaged at all times)
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To: USNBandit

Great explanation!


11 posted on 02/18/2014 10:40:39 PM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: andyk

A “nice to have” weapon ONLY if odumbo will allow its use. Reminds me of our troops that can’t shoot real bullets, have weapons but no ammo and lastly, cannot fire unless fired upon. Such order definitely tie the hands of our brave and noble fighters.


12 posted on 02/19/2014 4:33:30 AM PST by DaveA37
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To: doc1019
How long before Obama gives this technology to the Chinese

In today's America, we can't be sure we didn't get the technology from China.

13 posted on 02/19/2014 5:31:21 AM PST by MosesKnows (Love many, trust few, and always paddle your own canoe.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

I wonder how well it can “see” the F-22?


14 posted on 02/19/2014 5:35:58 AM PST by PapaBear3625 (You don't notice it's a police state until the police come for you.)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

The F-14A+ and the F-14D had operational IRST systems installed years ago. And it was much smaller than the pod in that photo.


15 posted on 02/19/2014 6:02:49 AM PST by CPOSharky (If a libtards lips are moving...)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

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16 posted on 02/19/2014 6:23:30 AM PST by skinkinthegrass (The end move in politics is always to pick up a gun..0'Caligula / 0'Reid / 0'Pelosi)
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To: sukhoi-30mki

So that’s why there’s a whole gaggle of ‘em parked on the ramp here...pretty cool stuff.

I imagine that this will get refined to a smaller package, ‘cause man, that thing is huge.


17 posted on 02/19/2014 6:26:16 AM PST by SZonian (Throwing our allegiances to political parties in the long run gave away our liberty.)
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To: CPOSharky; SZonian
This is essentially an ad-hoc solution to existing Super Hornets with the IRST mounted on the centreline fuel tank. The newer advanced super hornet variants are being offered with an integrated solution
18 posted on 02/19/2014 6:58:50 AM PST by sukhoi-30mki
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To: sukhoi-30mki

Man, that’d be one expensive centerline tank to punch during a bad cat shot.


19 posted on 02/19/2014 7:30:45 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: PapaBear3625
When the F-22 is supercruising at mach 1+ with its leading edges heated up, and at 65,000+ feet against a cold background sky, IR can see the F-22 very well indeed.

Good thing that Russian fighters don't carry IRST pods, and even if they do it's a good thing it's on the underside of the aircraft were it can't look up. Oh wait...


20 posted on 02/19/2014 7:38:25 AM PST by Yo-Yo (Is the /sarc tag really necessary?)
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To: Progov
Reminds me of our troops that can’t shoot real bullets, have weapons but no ammo and lastly, cannot fire unless fired upon.

I thought we learned our lesson (a few times) about restrictive ROE. Our current CIC would rather sacrifice our own blood than deal with "upsetting the locals".
21 posted on 02/19/2014 9:09:30 AM PST by andyk (I have sworn...eternal hostility against every form of tyranny over the mind of man.)
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To: Yo-Yo
YoYo,

Russian stuff is junk ...did you not get the memo? The IRST will not work, cannot work, and even if it could work we have decades of experience blowing up Russian $h!t. After all, who cares if all of that experience has been against old obsolete equipment being used by ill-trained third-world forces facing qualitative and quantitative disadvantages! That should not matter! It is still crap.

/end of sarcasm.

22 posted on 02/20/2014 12:36:01 AM PST by spetznaz (Nuclear-tipped Ballistic Missiles: The Ultimate Phallic Symbol)
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