French Navy ATL2 MPA: Someone Just Lasered The Wrong Aircraft

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French Navy ATL2 MPA: Someone Just Lasered The Wrong Aircraft

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    I get that it's kind of a funny, jokey thing that someone lased a military aircraft and it used a Wescam E/O sensor turret to track down the suspect, but this article gets a bit goofy talking about the "high target location accuracy and georeferencing" and "In this situation, the key for the crew is the coordination between the cockpit and the MX-20 operator in the back to β€œfind and fix” the target. But this is something ATL2 crews routinely train for."

    The reality is that your average police helicopter is probably better equipped to do this: It has high-zoom visible light/thermal sensors, with georeferencing to get exact lat/lon. Additionally, it probably has something along the lines of the Churchill/Shotover ARS system[1][2] that gives operators an overlay with street names, addresses, etc. Even news helicopters in the U.S. are equipped with those.

    How pilots help police track down laser-strike suspects: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J1xdgE4xz-o

    This is a good demonstration of a police helicopter with high-res thermal imagery tracking down someone with a laser: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SaOhD2r-Y8c

    [1] https://shotover.com/products/ars
    [2] https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rumcjbVzzLE