|Title*:||The ISR Edge In The Libyan Campaign|
|Description:||Image analysts played a very important role in the success of the Libyan campaign as study of infrared images of Libyan oil storage facilities showed the rise and fall of petroleum supplies during the conflict. |
Indian Defence journal Vayu, in its report "Linking up in Linkoping" reporting on Swedish Air Force's Lt. Col. Hans Einerth presentation at the Aerospace Forum Sweden in May, said that this allowed the coalition to judge the level of activity of the Libyan government forces.
Col. Hans Einerth spoke about his experience of commanding the Swedish detachment sent to Libya to provide ISR (Intelligence, Surveillance and Reconnaissance) support during operations.
The report says that images from the Gripen's SPK 39 recce pod were downloaded, analyzed and distributed within 2 hours after landing. Though the recce pod currently does not have a datalink capability for its 25 megapixel photos, it should have it in future. Col. Hans Einerth said that it would be ideal in future to have a broadband datalink that would send out data in real time to the relevant analysts at the CAOC. This would help in quicker generation of reconnaissance reports as the images would be sent faster..
He also said that ISR data provided by fighter aircraft has its own set of advantages. Though other sources of ISR data are available - from satellites through UAVs - fighter aircraft bring many advantages such as speed, self defence capability and flexibility, particularly in a non-permissive environment.
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