Bushfire Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance & Reconnaissance
Air Affairs Australia has provided Airborne Bushfire Reconnaissance services throughout Australia since 1994. Since it’s first demonstrated capability in the summer of 1994-95, the service has been used extensively in this unique role. Established as a crucial element in Bushfire intelligence gathering, the service was placed on a term contract with the NSW Rural Fire Services between 2003 and 2011.
Since this time, the service has been utilised throughout Australia on a Call When Needed basis.
Since the operation commenced, AAA has continued to develop and further enhance the bushfire reconnaissance capability.
The current capability today consists of:
- 4 customised Multispectral / Infrared Line Scanner systems.
- Purpose modified Kingair 200T aircraft, VH-LAB.
- Purpose modified Learjet 35A, VH-LRX and VH-LPJ.
- Custom designed and manufactured AIRPOD-101 Wing Pod system for Learjet Line Scanner operations.
- Rapid on-board image data processing system.
- Broadband Satellite Communication system enabling rapid world-wide data transfer.
Images from the system
An example of Line Scanner imagery over an active bushfire, press play to view .
An example of Line Scanner imagery over an active bushfire using the Learjet and Airpod system combination, captured at an altitude of 22,000ft at a speed near 750 km/h.
The images are from the same dataset, displaying a true colour combination, along with the enhanced visible and infrared combination. The IR combination imagery clearly defining active fire and post-burnt area, through thick smoke over the fire.