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Countermeasure effectiveness against a man-portable air-defense system containing a two-color spinscan infrared seeker
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Paper Abstract

Man-portable air-defense (MANPAD) systems have developed sophisticated counter-countermeasures (CCM) to try and defeat any expendable countermeasure that is deployed by an aircraft. One of these is a seeker that is able to detect in two different parts of the electromagnetic spectrum. Termed two-color, the seeker can compare the emissions from the target and a countermeasure in different wavebands and reject the countermeasure. In this paper we describe the modeling process of a two-color infrared seeker using COUNTERSIM, a missile engagement and countermeasure software simulation tool. First, the simulations model a MANPAD with a two-color CCM which is fired against a fast jet model and a transport aircraft model releasing reactive countermeasures. This is then compared to when the aircraft releases countermeasures throughout an engagement up to the hit point to investigate the optimum flare firing time. The results show that the release time of expendable decoys as a countermeasure against a MANPAD with a two-color CCM is critical.

Paper Details

Date Published: 1 December 2011
PDF: 11 pages
Opt. Eng. 50(12) 126401 doi: 10.1117/1.3657507
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 50, Issue 12
Show Author Affiliations
James Jackman, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Mark A. Richardson, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Brian Butters, Chemring Countermeasures Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Roy H. Walmsley, Chemring Countermeasures Ltd. (United Kingdom)

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