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Optical Engineering

Effective expendable countermeasure model against dual-band infrared and ultraviolet man-portable air-defence seeker systems
Author(s): Leon Smith; Richard Ayling; Nick Barlow; Mark Richardson
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Paper Abstract

The ultraviolet (UV) band of the electromagnetic spectrum has the potential to be used as the host medium for the operation of guided weapons. Unlike in the infrared (IR) band, a target propelled by an air-breathing jet engine produces no detectable radiation in the UV band and is opaque to the background UV produced by the sun. Successful engineering of spectral airborne IR countermeasures (CMs) against existing two-color IR seekers has encouraged missile counter-countermeasure designers to utilize the silhouette signature of an aircraft in the UV as a means of distinguishing between a true target and a flare CM. We describe the modeling process of a dual-band IR and UV rosette scan seeker using CounterSim, a missile engagement, and countermeasure simulation software package developed by Chemring Countermeasures Ltd. Results are shown from various simulated engagements of the dual-band man-portable air defence (MANPAD) system with a C-130 Hercules. These results have been used to estimate the aircraft’s baseline vulnerability to this MANPAD threat and to develop a model flare countermeasure that is successful in greatly improving the survivability of the aircraft.

Paper Details

Date Published: 11 August 2015
PDF: 12 pages
Opt. Eng. 54(8) 085104 doi: 10.1117/1.OE.54.8.085104
Published in: Optical Engineering Volume 54, Issue 8
Show Author Affiliations
Leon Smith, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)
Richard Ayling, Chemring Countermeasures Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Nick Barlow, Chemring Countermeasures Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Mark Richardson, Cranfield Univ. (United Kingdom)


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