Raf Fast Jet Assists Flood Relief Efforts from the Air
Image Shows a 31 Sqn, RAF Marham Tornado being loaded with a Raptor Pod before a sortie to provide imagery of the Thames Valley area.
The Royal Air Force today launched one of its Tornado fast jets to capture a highly detailed aerial picture of the areas affected by the floods, after a request by Gold commanders in the Thames Valley.
The deployment of the Tornado GR4 from RAF Marham in Norfolk has produced detailed imagery that will aid the planning and co-ordination of multi-agency efforts to provide relief to local residents and communities.
The aircraft, operated by the RAF's 31 Squadron, is equipped with the highly versatile RAPTOR – Reconnaissance Air Pod for Tornado – which enables it to gather sophisticated, high-resolution imagery. The imagery, now being processed and evaluated by analysts at RAF Marham, will be passed to civilian authorities for their use
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Tornado GR4 with Raptor Reconnaissance Pod
A Tornado GR4 aircraft operated by the Royal Air Force, takes off from RAF Marham in Norfolk.
A Raptor Airborne Reconnaissance Pod can be seen fitted beneath the fuselage.
The images received by the pod can be transmitted via a real-time data-link system to image analysts at a ground station, or can be displayed in the cockpit during flight. The imagery can also be recorded for post-flight analysis.
The RAPTOR system can create images of hundreds of separate targets in one sortie; it is capable of autonomous operation against preplanned targets, or it can be re-tasked manually for targets of opportunity or to select a different route to the target.
The stand-off range of the sensors allows the aircraft to remain outside heavily-defended areas, to minimise the aircraft's exposure to enemy air-defence systems
WW1 - Eastern Front - German soldiers advance in snow
WW1 - Eastern Front - German soldiers shovel through the winter snow to aid the passage of an advancing artillery regiment. The First Battle of the Masurian Lakes was a German offensive during the early stages of the war, pushing the Russian First Army back across its entire front. Date: 1914
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