a reply to: Bedlam
Well, even the military used to turn a blind eye to it
Hehe, yes, but to put someone on the screen as an "expert" withouth verifying credentials is a bit more severe, in my opinion, than just ignoring a
few "doctorates" at an arsenal :-)
Maybe I have to much faith in journalism...
ADVIS was a real system, but it's used to collect low res multispectral ground imagery.
The claim here, I believe, is that it is used to aid in aircraft identification, as a supplement to transponders and radar. The system, allegedly,
functions by automatically panning cameras on a target guided by the planes radar and other instruments, and a computer will then try to match the
registration numbers and characteristics to a (presumably) onboard database.
Now, I find this quite far fetched, if not totally unfeasible. I have found a aviation related project for automatic identification in a few research
proposals, but then it is suggested used for identifying aircraft on the ground at airports. Using OCR, which is a technology that is troublesome at
the best of times, is not something you would want to make decisions automatically on threat scenarios. At least, I would not.
I guess the idea of an identification system of this kind on a business jet seems a bit pointless to me. I mean, what is the point of knowing what
plane is within visual range
, if you have no offensive capability? If it is going to take you down, you are well done for in that situation
anyway. So, it seems a bit "stupid" to be honest. If you were chasing after smugglers in a Coast Guard plane, yes! But on a corporate business jet?
I have found examples of countermeasures that can be installed in this type of aircraft, or at least similar types, such as Matador from BAE systems.
Even an israeli CAEW&C system that can be installed in a Gulfstream. But ADVIS seems just a bit too useless to cram into such a plane, just so you
will know who are shortly going to blow you out of the sky.
Thank you for your input. Much appreciated :-)
edit on 21-4-2017 by beetee because: Grammar