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2018-03-23

Aircraft "Weapons"  –  Reconnaissance

 

Land-based anti-aircraft weapons

Sea-based anti-aircraft weapons

Depending on aircraft type, weapons are carried internally and/or externally under wing and/or fuselage pylons with the number of weapons stations varying from one aircraft to the other.   To see the various weapons associated with a particular aircraft see : 

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 Reconnaissance

Reconnaissance (photographic) is one of the most difficult mission to fly.  While not equipped like fighters, most if not all Recce airplanes are equipped with some form of self defense weapons, especially within AAC.  Besides, the use of reconnaissance pods allows the gamer access to a wider range of aircrafts to perform this type of missions, unless a specific type is imposed by game circumstances.

Camera are assimilated as weapons with a limited number of (photographic) frames available to perform the assigned reconnaissance mission.  Then, cameras themselves will not be defined any further, with flight path and altitude being defined in the missions profiles.  Reconnaissance equipment will be declined in the following iterations : 

Self-contained Recce equipment
Specially equipped aircraft carrying their photo-recce equiment in lieu of main armament.   Self defense weapons will be available in one form or another but it should allow the gamer to perform the desired data collection assignment in one pass.   If not, the number of (photographic) frames available will allow the gamer to multiply the number of passes over the target.   Very much like the reconnaissance pods described below, some recce aircrafts will de facto be better equipped than others

Reconnaissance Packs
Some bombers have been transformed into photo-reconnaissance assets, or special mission package were designed to be carried in the bomb bay in lieu of weapons.  In Atlantic Air Combat™ the process may be extended to other types in order to make them available for recon missions.

Weight – Background
As this aspect plays a secondary role what would be the weight of a reconnaissance pack ?  When referring to historical design, the question doesn't matter much as an empty weight for the aircraft will be referred to.  But when cheating a recce pack, the following guidelines will be used

The Mosquito often carried five cameras: one mounted obliquely in the fuselage plus two pairs of split-verticals of different focal lengths to give stereoscopic coverage of a target and its surrounding area, though for low level missions one camera could be mounted facing obliquely forward in the nose, with two others in dummy drop-tanks under the wings, synchronised to give stereo-pairs. Split verticals allowed for greater coverage of the ground on one overflight. Cameras were remotely operated by the pilot and were kept free from frost and condensation by having warm air directed over them from the engines.

The most common British cameras used were the F8, F24 and F52.  The F8 high altitude daytime survey camera could be fitted with 20-inch (508mm), 36-inch (914mm) and 40-inch (1016mm) lenses.

The F24 Universal standard aircraft camera for day and night photography, could be fitted with 3.25-inch (82mm), 5-inch (127mm), 8-inch (204mm), 14-inch (356mm), and 20-inch (508mm) lenses, weighed 40 pounds (18kg) and produced 125 exposures of 5 x 5 inches (12.5mm x 12.5mm).

F24 40 lb

The F52 high altitude day reconnaissance camera was introduced after January 1942 and could be fitted with 5-inch (127mm), 8-inch (204mm), 14-inch (356mm), and 20-inch (508mm) 36-inch (914mm) or 40-inch (1016mm) lenses, producing 500 exposures of 8.5 x 7 inches (23mm x 18mm). Weighing 78 pounds (35kg), its long focal length was particularly suitable for high-altitude reconnaissance and it became the standard British camera for most of the war.

F52 80 lb

Weight – Atlantic Air Combat™
Considering the accompanying paraphenelia (cabling, casing, etc), and when not referring to an historical setup, a reference weight of  100 lbs (45.36 kg) per camera will be referred to.

Reconnaissance Pods

 AAC Standard Reconnaissance Pods
May be carried by a wide variety of aircrafts, presumably "wired" to operate them.  In the context of the game, it allows Recce missions to be flown using any operator imposed by game circumstances.  The performances of the equipment is lower [to be defined], making it more difficult to collect the desired data.   These pods are "default" equipment items.

 AAC Advanced Reconnaissance Pods
Along similar principles as the standard reconnaissance pods, the "advanced" variant, while heavier, offers superior performances [to be defined] equal or superior to specialized reconnaissance aircrafts.   This type of pod is a "bonus" equipment item, it may only be acquired when having skillfully performed a given number of reconnaissance missions using standard equipment

In-Game
In the context of the game, cameras are thus taking pictures at a given number of frames/minutes.  With so many frames available it thus offers so many seconds of filming, very much like a gun.   Regarding specialized reconnaissance aircrafts, the amount of frames available may vary from one aircraft to another - see the list below.  Regarding reconnaissance pods, the following items will be available : 

DB3F95

Inspired by the initiative of Sq Ldr Don Brenchley, RhAF, who had three F95 cameras installed in 1966 in a modified Hawker Hunter 100 gallons fuel tank.  Within AAC™ it's available to all group of operators (NATO, WAPA, NECO, NONA) in four variants according to the amount of fuel possibly carried.

DB3F0
Basic weight with camera : 57.kg / 125.lb Fuel: none Weight : 125.lb
DB3F1
Basic weight with camera : 57.kg / 125.lb Fuel: 16.gal (  73L): Weight : 245.lb
DB3F5
Basic weight with camera : 57.kg / 125.lb Fuel: 50.gal (227L): Weight : 505.lb

DB3F7
Basic weight with camera : 57.kg / 125.lb Fuel: 75.gal (340L): Weight : 695.lb

RPVN1
Standard reconnaissance pod – available to some neutral and non aligned operators – see Arsenals
RPVN2
Advanced reconnaissance pod – available to some neutral and non aligned operators             "
KKRS1
Standard reconnaissance pod – available to most neutral and non aligned operators             "
KKRS2
Advanced reconnaissance pod – available to some neutral and non aligned operators             "
KKRS3
Special reconnaissance pod – available to some neutral and non aligned operators             "
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Reconnaissance Pods Dimensions Weight Fuel Cameras Cameras Notes - In Game
Drawings: Shipbucket FD scale Ø=m L=m Kgs Lbs Litres Gal Nbr Frames fpm - - - - Weapon ID
3.483 0.548 57 kg 125 lb 0 0 3 120 720 - - - DB3F0
3.483 0.548 111 kg 245 lb 73 16 3 120 720 - - - DB3F1
3.483 0.548 229 kg 505 lb 227 50 3 120 720 - - - DB3F5
3.483 0.548 315 kg 695 lb 340 75 3 120 712 - - - DB3F7
2.409 0.545 113 kg 250 lb - - 3 120 712 - - - RPVN1
5.270 0.744 350 kg 770 lb - - 5 240 720 F104 - - RPVN2
2.410 0.409 71 kg 155 lb - - 3 120 720 - - - KKR51
5.127 0.626 365 kg 805 lb - - 5 240 720 MiG21 - - KKR52
6.790 0.590 800 kg 1760 lb - - 7 240 720 Su17 - - KKR53
5.800 0.800 800 kg 1760 lb - - 8 240 720 MirIVA -

CFT52
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15.621 1499 8552 kb 38087 lb 15793 3474 1 120 720 B58A -

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