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Optical Engineering • Open Access

Review of current aided/automatic target acquisition technology for military target acquisition tasks
Author(s): James A. Ratches

Paper Abstract

Aided and automatic target recognition (Ai/ATR) capability is a critical technology needed by the military services for modern combat. However, the current level of performance that is available is largely deficient compared to the requirements. This is largely due to the difficulty of acquiring targets in realistic environments but has also been due to the difficulty in getting new concepts from, for example, the academic community, due to limitations for distribution of classified data. The difficulty of the performance required has limited the fulfillment of the promise that is so anticipated by the war fighter. We review the metrics, imagery data bases, and sensors associated with Ai/ATR performance and suggest possible technical approaches that could enable new advancements in military-relevant performance.

Paper Details

PDF: 8 pages
Opt. Eng. 50(7) 072001 doi: 10.1117/1.3601879
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 50, Issue 7, March 2011
Show Author Affiliations
James A. Ratches, U.S. Army Research Lab. (United States)


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