slant range

The line-of-sight distance between two points, not at the same level relative to a specific datum. [JP 1-02] Note: An example of slant range is the distance to an airborne radar target, e.g., an airplane flying at high altitude with respect to that of the radar antenna. The slant range is the hypotenuse of the triangle represented by the altitude of the airplane and the distance between the radar antenna and the airplane’s ground track (the point on the Earth at which it is directly overhead). In the absence of altitude information, the aircraft location would be plotted farther from the antenna than its actual ground track.