Tony Roper has been taking photographs of aircraft and ships from around the age of 13, extending to writing and data collation/analysis not long after. What is now called OSINT (Open Source Intelligence) was around in the 1980’s – be it collating information posted to him on flights, tied in with aircraft registrations and movements of the aircraft between military bases throughout Europe and the USA. These were incorporated into magazines such as LAAS and Stansted Aviation News.
An interest in radio monitoring – in particular Military and Civil High Frequency (HF) radio – further broadened Tony’s knowledge in things such as communication techniques, equipment and radar. He also started studying the Russian military at this time.
A career in Air Traffic Control for 33 years has allowed Tony to further this knowledge. This has been both Military – with 9 years in the RAF – and Civilian in nature, working at airfields and area radar units.
From 2011 Tony started providing photos to Janes for their yearbooks and magazines – especially Janes Fighting Ships (JFS).
This soon led to carrying out research on the Russian navy, providing data to the JFS editor to help keep the information in the book and online portal as accurate as possible.
Janes Intelligence Review magazine soon beckoned, for whom over 30 articles have been written – specialising on the Russian military, radar, radio communications and other areas of intelligence gathering, such as satellite imagery analysis. Further work has been published in their other magazines – Defence Weekly, Navy International and International Defence Review.
As well as the Janes publications, articles and photos have been published in magazines such as Warships IFR, The Spectrum Monitor and in Airliner World. Several news outlets have consulted Tony on military matters.
Book publishers have used Tony’s photos – so too have aircraft leasing companies to showcase their aircraft for sale or lease.
In recent times, Tony has worked with PROCITEC, a German company that has created some of the best SIGINT gathering software in the world.
In his “spare time” Tony continues to monitor the HF radio bands, working with a small group of “amateurs” collating data on the Russian military.
He also brews his own beer with his girlfriend under the name “Ropicks Breweries” – all for fun of course.
He is also an occasional Stormtrooper.
For further information and potential commissioning work, Tony can be contacted by filling out the form below.