Documents of aerial photographing, terms of processing materials for aerial photographing and compilation of photo documents.

Based on the materials of air photography, photo documents are compiled, as well as reconnaissance reports and maps with reconnaissance data. The main photo documents include aerial photographs (individual aerial photographs, aerial photograph kits, aerial photographs in a roll), photographs, photographic plans, photocards. 

Documents of aerial photographing, terms of processing materials for aerial photographing and compilation of photo documents.

Aerial photographs.

Contact prints from the aerofilm on paper with the decryption results printed on them, tied to a map, or with a grid entered. On aerial photographs or in the appendix data on the conditions and time of photographing are indicated. Decryption results are applied to aerial photographs with conventional signs. Symbols of defensive structures and firing positions are drawn next to their images.

blows. The photo scheme is mainly used to study the enemy and the terrain..


Measuring, and when applying enemy data to it, and reconnaissance photo document, composed of transformed (reduced to the same scale and corrected for perspective) aerial photographs with a coordinate grid. The accuracy of the photographic plan corresponds to the accuracy of a topographic map of the same scale. Photographic plans are created for areas that are not provided with benign maps, and are used mainly for topographic and geodetic training of missile forces and artillery.


Photographic plan with an impressive relief, signatures of their own names and characteristics of local objects. It is compiled into areas that are not provided with a benign map, and propagated by typographic means. Designed for the same purposes as a topographic map..

Intelligence report (intelligence report).

The main and most common type of documents compiled from decryption of aerial photographs or aerial films. The reconnaissance report indicates in a brief generalized form the nature and location (region or coordinates) of the enemy’s exposed objects, the time and scale of photographing, as well as the scale and year of publication of the map, which determined the location of the objects.

Intelligence Map.

It is created in cases where the decryption results need to be propagated in large quantities and there is enough time for this. It is most often used to bring to the troops the results of reconnaissance of defensive areas and bands. The map shows defenses, barriers, firing positions, command posts and other objects that characterize the enemy’s defense system. In addition, significant changes in terrain may appear on the map..

Terms of processing aerial photographing materials and drawing up intelligence documents and photo documents.

Depends on the area of ​​aerial photography, the scale of photography and the amount of intelligence. The shortest time required for the preparation of reconnaissance reports (from 30 minutes to 3 hours after landing, depending on the number of reconnaissance targets).

For the manufacture of photographs on a terrain strip of size 100&# 215; 5 km (the magnitude of the photographing scale is 1 cm 100 meters, the aerial photographs are 50X50 cm) (approximately) 4-6 hours are required, and 15-20 hours to produce a map with reconnaissance data for the same lane.

Based on materials from the Handbook of Military Topography.
A. M. Govorukhin, A. M. Kuprin, A. N. Kovalenko, M. V. Gamezo.

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