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Approved For Rele'dst 2004/021r 25X1 25X1 Copy 11 of 12 19 APR '19i4 MEMORANDUM FOR: Director, CIA Reconnaissance Programs SUBJECT: Program Progress Report Forwarded herewith are three copies of the IDEALIST Program Progress Report for the period 1 January 1974 - 31 March 1974. Brigadier General, AF Director of Special Ac 4 ities 25X1 As stated 25X1 25X1 25X1 proved For Release 2004/ 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/1 285R000300150005-8 W fop RU `Ciw 25X1 25X1 Page 2 ved For Release 2004/02/11 IW-R'Pk285R00030015000 D DVC LASSI I IC Al ION 4- DDS&T Reg 5 - D/ SA 6- SAS/O/OSA 7 - D/0/05A. 8 - IDEA/O/OSA 9 - INTEL/O/OSA 10- D/M/OSA 11 - AMS/OSA 12 - RB / OSA Distribution" 1 - D/CRP Z - D/CRP 3 - D/CRP SAS / O / O SA: K10 April 1974) 25X1 Approved For Release 20041~'pl ' Rff 5BOO285R000300150005-8 NOW 25X1 25X1 IDEALIST OPERATIONAL SUMMARY AND STATUS (1 January 1974 - 31 March 1974) OPERATIONAL MISSION SUMMARY A. Ten IDEALIST TACKLE missions were alerted during this period. All missions were planne to be flown no closer than 25 nautical miles to the China mainland coast. The following is a summary of the missions flown: 1. Mission C024C was flown in the Taiwan Strait on The mission employed the T'H" camera system. All aircraft systems operated normally and there were no known 25X1 threats to the aircraft. programmed targets 25X1 2. Mission C044C was flown in the Taiwan Strait on The "H"I camera system was employed on this mission, All aircraft systems operated normally and no threat emitters were directed against the mission aircraft. rogrammed targets and 15 bonus targets were covered during this mission. B. One mission was flown to obtain standoff photography of coastal North Vietnam with the "H" camera system. This mission was planned to approach no closer than 12 nautical miles from the North Vietnam mainland or 4 nautical miles from selected offshore islands. The following is a summary of this mission: 25X1 GROUP 1 EXCLUDED {ROM 25X1 T AUTOMATIC DOWNG RARING 66 Approved For Release 2004/0 5B00285R0003001 94 `I`AT1ON 1 Approved For Rele 2004/0 25X1 25X1 Section 1 Page 2 1. Mission S014E was flown The mission was primarily designed to achieve coverage of the Haiphong Harbor area and provided the best peripheral imagery to date of coastal North Vietnam. The mission provided complete coverage of shipping in the Haiphong Harbor area, new and updated information on SAM defenses, naval order of battle, and a new naval acquisition (Suction Dredge) in North Vietnam. The mission was flown as briefed, although a flameout occurred during the descent phase prior to recovery. An engine restart was accomplished, and a normal landing followed. 25X1 25X1 25X1 A. Detachment L'G" was tasked to support Ifrom 15 January 1974 through 11 March 1974. This project involved operations located at Edwards AFB, Ca. During this time period one aircraft was dedicated to this project along with all necessary support personnel and equipment. Eighteen missions were actually flown in support of this operation and an additional nine missions were planned and cancelled due to adverse weather or equipment malfunction. A total of 135 hours were flown in support of B. II COMPASS TRIP - Three sorties were flown over the poppy field test site at Yuma, Arizona. C. "B-3L" Camera Test - Nine sorties were flown in support of the mo i ied 'IB" configuration. D. h "H" Camera Test - Three sorties were flown for operational testing o ft e L'HI' camera. E. I'D'I Camera Test - Two acceptance tests were flown on the mod' ie DELTA camera, Approved For Release 2004/ fB00285R00030011 GROUP I [XCLUDED FROM QOO5A8C DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 B00285ROM00150005-8 Section 1 Page 3 25X1 25X1 Approved For Rel 9e 2004/02 F. F-1 IRIS Mission - One sortie was flown with the IRIS camera. 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 PILOT AND AIRCRAFT STATUS (AS OF 31 MARCH 1974) A. Detachment 'IG" (Edwards AFB - North Base) 25X1 25X1 B. Detachment 1AH" Aircraft Pilots 0oATIC OOWNGRADING CLASSIPICAI ION 25X1 25X1 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved For Rele 2004/02/ - B00285R0M00150005-8 IDEALIST DEVELOPMENT SUMMARY AND PROGRESS (1 January 1974 - 31 March 1974) 25X1 25X1 25X1 U-ZR Flight Test and Operational Training Summary 1. IDEALIST Program accomplishments in U-2R aircraft since introduction include 13, 045. 5 hours on 4, 003 sorties as of 31 March 1974. 2. Flight test and operational data are depicted beldw: 1 JAN- 31 MA FLIGHTS R 1 J AN- 31 MAR TIME 1 - 051 49 121. 1 2 - 053 49 117. 1 3 - 054 36 150. 7 4 - 055 43 175. 8 564. 7 A. IIHt' Camera S/N 003 - The high quality of photographic products to be realized from this camera has been accentuated in official NPIC evaluations of film acquired in both test and mission activity. These evaluations indicate that S/N 003 represents a significant improvement over the old unmodified configuration, and that under optimum conditions, performance can be expected to exceed contract specifications. App roved For Release 2004/02/y(')P1 KBT)0285R000300150q GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM AUTOMATIC DOWNGRADING O5 8ECLASSI FICAT ION 25X1 Approved For Rele 2004/021' B00285 RO00WO 150005-8 Section 2 Page 2 B. "H" Mirror S/N 002 - As of the end of this quarter the new mirror was approximately 2 weeks behind schedule due to difficulties experienced in final polishing. Contract delivery date for this beryllium mirror is 28 April. Subsequent to delivery, the mirror will be installed in 1`H" camera S/N 002 and flight tested during May or June. C. "'B-3" SIN 229 and S/N 230 - Reinitiated flight testing for the purpose of contract specification verification in late January. However, NPIC data indicating S/N 230's continued failure to achieve performance specifications, when subjected to contractor review indicated that the Article autopilot had not provided a platform stabilized within camera contractually established limits. After Lockheed and Actron's participation in an Autopilot Study, S/N 230 resumed flight testing 19 March. These tests were concluded 27 March, and NPIC evaluation of film products was in progress at the quarter's end. S/N 229 flight testing has been held in abeyance since 5 February; however, testing is tentatively scheduled to resume and be concluded during the fourth quarter. D. DELTA Research Camera - This configuration underwent acceptance light testin 9 - 10 January 1974 and commenced employment in 115 January. The flight segment of this project, which provided photographic coverage of six selected targets was successfully completed on 10 March 1974. A. Autopilot Study - Analysis of "B-3" SIN 230 photographic resolution data by NPIC indicated that the camera had not achieved contractually required resolution specifications. Review of the possible causes for this led to the position that the autopilot was not assuring required vehicle stability. This position was confirmed after Article 055 was instrumented, and acquired data for comparison with three previous studies. Subsequent adjustments to the autopilot indicate this system is again performing within required limits; however, a full contractor report is expected early in the fourth quarter, and will guide continued necessary action, 25X1 25X1 25X1 GROUP I EXCLUDED FROM pproved For Release 2004/0 T00285R000300150 ATIC DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION TOP SECRET Approved For Rele'd'6 2004/02/ - 00285R00W0150005-8 25X1 Section 2 Page 3 25X1 25X1 25X1 B. T- 35 Tracker Camera - Light Emitting Diode (L . E. D. ) components required to fabricate a prototype modification to the T-35 tracker camera are expected to be delivered early in April 1974. This modification will permit time code generator (TCG) time to be exposed on the tracker film and enhance correlation of T-35 frames with threat signals and navigation data. Flight testing of this prototype will commence early in the fourth quarter of FY 1974. V.I IFY 1975 PLANNING Pursuant to FY 1975 fiscal guidance, OSA has assisted Director D's staff in constructing a Fiscal Year 1975 Financial Program containing IDEALIST requirements for submission to, and funding by USAF. Funding has been requested in four major categories as follows: 25X1 25X1 OUPI EXCLUDED FROM 25X1 A proved For Release 2004/01-1 00285R000300150 Om, ASS F TION ING Approved For Relehodd 2004/021 100285 R00O00150005-8 Section Z Page 4 Category FY 1975 Requirement (in millions A. Pilot Salaries and Benefits B. ance 25X1 C. D. Field Service Support 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 25X1 2. new Medical Technician at briefing on emergency procedures for U-2R and rebriefing on medical aid in aircraft accidents, spent several days at Edwards AFB in January 1974 for 3. 1 25X1 25X1 Flight Surgeon, visited medical matters. (Detachment FFGII 25X1 o consult with technicians on 25X1 AMS/OSA Life Support Officer, has made arran ents with Andrews AFB Altitude Chamber to qualify three em personnel who are to 25X1 work in military aircraft. A4 proved For Release 2004/0 PAI 0285R000300150 16 'VtVff GROUPI EXCLUDLDFROM gATIC DOWNGRADING AND DPCI ASSIFICATION 25X1 TOP SECRET Approved For ReleaIW2004/02/4 4 - - 00285R000WO150005-8 section Page 5 25X1 25X1 25X1 B. Life Support Activities 1. New Assignment for Life Support Officer - was assigned to AMS/OSA 29 January 1974 as new Life Su ort Officer. A price quote of as given to build a protective microwave integrated circuit for present tested breadboard. On 29 January, briefed Col. William Quinn, Chief, Life Support, SPO, Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio, on the TADS to see if the Air Force would be interested in the system. At the present time it is under consideration by the Air Force who have shown great interest. replacedi who was reassigned to the Surgeon General's Office 14 January 1974. 2. RQ225 Parachute Repack - In an effort to save transportation charges by periodically sending parachutes from Detachment rrH" to Detachment "G" for repacking, the Protective Equipment Technician is now repacking the RQ225 personal parachute at Detachment ",H" as they become due for repack. The chutes then are returned to the prime contractor, Lockheed Aircraft Corporation, for inspection. At the present time only minor discrepancies have been noted. Further evaluation will be accomplished to insure proficiency in repacking this unique parachute. 3. U-ZR Survival Kit Rations - A new type mission ration for the U-ZR survival kit has been received from Natick Laboratories in Massachusetts to replace the outdated CD-7 which are no longer available. Evaluation of the new ration proved it to be almost as good as the CD-7 and certainly better than anything else in the inventory. 25X1 4. Automatic Survival Kit - A briefing was given to AMS/OSA on 11 January and 18 March by ARO Corporation 25X1 Manager of Buffalo Division, Buffalo, New York. The briefing was a status report on the Terrain Activated Deployment System for the survival kit. pproved For Release 2004/0 GROUPI EXCLUDED I ROM 0Q5 31 c DOWNGRADING AND DECLASSIFICATION 25X1 25X1 Approved For Releft@ 2004/0)/ i 600285 ROO9000150005-8 Section 2 Page 6 5. Shark Deterrent Screen - Prototype shark screens from the David Clark Company and the Rocket Jet Engineering Company were evaluated by Dr. C. Scott Johnson, Naval Undersea Warfare Center, San Diego, California, on 12 January 1974. The bags constructed by each company were acceptable, however, the one constructed by David Clark Company was rated superior. At present time we are waiting for a price quote from each company on construction of 60 each. 6. Solid Battery Pack for ASR-100A - Survival Radio - New battery packs have been shipped to field units to replace the pen light batteries which have been very unsatisfactory. 7. Prototype Helmet S1010 Protective Assembly - At present time the helmet is still undergoing testing and field evaluation. 25X1 25X1 8. Prototype Polycarbonate Helmet - A prototype polycarbonate helmet was manufactured by Air Lock Incorporated, Milford, Connecticut, for testing and evaluation. 25X1 AMS/OSA Life Support Officer, as well as and 25X1 of Air Lock Incorporated, conducted tests on the helmet at the USAF School of Aviation Medicine, Brooks AFB, Texas. The purpose of these tests was to determine the amount of residual carbon dioxide (CO2) in the helmet. Tests were conducted at ground level and simulated altitudes of 8, 000; 18, 000; and 29, 000 feet with no significant changes noted at the various altitudes. As there was no baseline established for standard pressure suit helmets, a similar test was conducted on the S1010 full- ressure suit helmet with almost identical results. also conducted 25X1 a briefing on the helmet for the U-2 pilots at Davis Monthan AFB, Arizona, and at Edwards AFB, California. The consensus of opinions was that the new approach is good and would be well received. However, additional modification would have to be made before it could be an acceptable flight item. GROUP 1 LXCLUDF:D FROM 25X1 roved For Release 2004/021 9[Y'Z=E.-1 0285R000300150 0 ECIC DOWNGRADING AND 0 DEC ASST FICAI ION Approved For Rele a 2004/ M-I B00285ROM00150005-8 Section 2 Page 7 9. Life Support Conference - A Life Support Conference was held in Washington, D.C., 19 - 20 March 1974. and F7 -1 attended this meeting. 25X1 25X1 25X1 GI EXCLUDED FROM 25X1 roved For Release 2004/02 0285R000300150 r GROUP DOWNGRADING EC LASSI FICAIION OPI'S 25X1 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150005-8 Approved For Release 2004/02/11 : CIA-RDP75B00285R000300150005-8