Reconnaissance Capable F/A-18D Optical and Infrared Window Antifog Systems 921182
Aircraft modifications have been developed to make F/A-18D Hornets capable of being converted to a reconnaissance configuration which includes both optical and infrared sensors. A major design challenge was to prevent fog formation on the two exterior moldline windows used for viewing by these sensors. Antifogging was required during a rapid 7620 m/min (25,000 ft/min) descent into humid atmospheric conditions following a sustained cold soak at altitude. This paper describes the design development and laboratory verification testing of the two unique antifog systems selected to meet this requirement.