Terrain Following Radar

Written by Phil on . Posted in Falcon 4.0

Flying at low level, at speed to avoid the threats from an integrated missile defence system is hard work and demands quite a focused approach to say the least. With the help of a bit of TFR or Terrain Following Radar this task becomes a bit less stressful.

LANTIRN

Low Altitude Navigation and Targeting Infrared for Night

This device allowed fighter jets — first F-15s and F-16s and later F-14 Tomcats — to see in abject darkness and adverse weather conditions by transforming heat patterns outside the aircraft into vivid, glow-in-the-dark displays on cockpit monitors.

The system’s special Terrain-Following Radar (TFR) then scanned the topography of its surrounding area, plotting a course that allowed jets to streak at low altitudes in speeds in excess of 500 miles per hour, rendering them nearly invisible to enemy radar. In addition to day/night imagery, the system allowed pilots to pinpoint targets and cue the delivery of precision guided weapons.

The system used in BMS 4.33 is comprehensive and at first can seem a bit intimidating to anyone not familiar with a bit more complexity than what is usually on offer in flight simulations. However after a bit of reading and the odd tutorial here and there it’s a great bit of kit to use and a lot of fun.

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