The SR-71 Sensor Pages

 Radar Sensors & Data Link System

Page Two of Three Total Pages

The SR-71 Blackbird carried a wide variety of cameras and sensors. The Sensors fall into three basic groups; Optical, Radar, and Elint . The Sensor systems are individually divided up to represent their function. this is page Two of 3 pages. Links to each of the pages is found at the bottom of each respective web page.

Side Looking Radar


SLR Data: The SLR was originally manufactured by Goodyear Aerospace in Litchfield Park, AZ. Later on the same outfit, same location, same design team, manufactured the ASARS-1 but by that time they may have been bought by the Lockheed Martin Co. Photos of the SLR LRUs (when available) are located in the top of the nose. If you get that shot, the order of LRUs from nose to tail will be the Antenna Control, Synchronizer, Receiver; Transmitter and then the SLR Recorder. They usually flew in N, L or Q bay. When available, get a shot of the RCD or Recorder Corrrelator Display, it was a big magnesium monster that gave a minute or so delayed low resolution display of SLR returns for navigation purposes.





















Data Link System



Go to SR-71 Sensor Web page #1....SR-71 Cameras (Optical)

Go to SR-71 Sensor Web page #3...ELINT (Electronic Intelligence)

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