SCOPE: This film coverage is to the remotely piloted small airplane which can accurately guide weapons to military targets.
Various scenes of the remote-controlled airplane being prepared, taking off, flying and being guided by the controllers.
Various scenes of the Air Force aircraft wit hits laser-guided bomb
Various scenes of the bomb dropping from the aircraft and its flight the target as directed by the RPV.
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Background: SCOPE: This film coverage is to the remotely piloted small airplane which can accurately guide weapons to military targets.
BACKGROUND: A remotely piloted small airplane doesn't appear unusual, but when you add a TV camera and laser equipment to it you have a unique television reconnaissance and targeting vehicle.
The Air Force has been testing a new television reconnaissance/laser target designation system that is capable of accurately guiding weapons to military targets. Developed by the Defense Advanced Research Project Agency, this remotely piloted aircraft called PRAEIRE (meaning leading soldier), not only permits real time selection of targets, but uses lasers and forward-looking sensors to guide aircraft and weapons to targets day or night.
The PRAEIRE is remotely-controlled by a mobile ground station that contains a closed-circuit television van, remote pilot controls, and a laser-designator console. Communicating through a portable dish-antenna, the remote pilot controls the TV camera to search out and select targets. After target selection, the information is passed to aircraft equipped with specially adapted munitions, such as this laser-guided bomb. When the aircraft is in the target area, the PRAEIRE laser-designator directs a beam of laser energy at the target guiding the bomb with pin-point accuracy.
Advantages of this system are its potential for complementing piloted aircraft in modern, high-threat air defense environments, and providing an economical solution for certain battlefield missions.