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Evaluation and test of near-infrared CCD sensors for improved guidance of air-to-surface missiles
Author(s): Richard V. Sluman; Thomas Burns
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Paper Abstract

Today's rapid technological developments and limited defense resources require the armed forces to upgrade their current weapons with the newly available sensors. These sensors often have lower production costs, higher reliability, as well as improved performance. Charged coupled device (CCD) passive imaging sensors provide these improvements over the older style vidicon imaging tubes. In addition, the device's sensitivity in the infrared portion of the spectrum offers a potential benefit of penetrating haze and aerosols inherent in a battlefield situation. The theoretical improvements cannot be realized without carefully integrating the new technology with the existing aircraft displays as well as considering the human factors impact of the weapon system officers interpretation of the very near-infrared image. This paper describes the approach, problems encountered, and results of evaluation of a new CCD seeker for the AGM-130 weapon system.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 July 1994
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 2221, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VIII, (5 July 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.178941
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Richard V. Sluman, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)
Thomas Burns, Sverdrup Technology, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2221:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing VIII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum; Morris M. Birnbaum; George E. Sevaston, Editor(s)

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