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Project Radiant Outlaw
Author(s): Chyau N. Shen; Bruce Waeber; Lesley Girata; Alex R. Lovett
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Paper Abstract

In 1992, the U.S. Navy initiated Project Radiant Outlaw, an advanced technology demonstration (ATD) project to demonstrate long range non-cooperative identification (NCID) of airborne and surface targets. The concept utilizes a ruggedized, compact airborne sensor package containing a stable laser radar (LADAR) operating in low probability of intercept mode and a shared aperture starring focal plane array mid-wave (3.8 to 4.5 micrometers ) infrared sensor. This sensor package is capable of multiple modes of identification. The processor utilizes adaptive ASW (anti-submarine warfare) acoustic processor technology developed by the Navy. The radiant outlaw sensor package, along with its processor, is capable of various methods of identification as follows: (1) target skin vibration or (mu) -Doppler signature, (2) range profiling, (3) high resolution infrared, and (4) pixel registered passive infrared and active 3-D LADAR imaging. This paper describes the radiant outlaw concept along with its various modes of identification. The risks associated with long range NCID demonstration are discussed and the risk reduction program described. Accomplishments to date including the aspect independent automatic target recognition (ATR) demonstration are described. Finally, various concepts for transition are discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 25 October 1994
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2272, Airborne Reconnaissance XVIII, (25 October 1994); doi: 10.1117/12.191916
Show Author Affiliations
Chyau N. Shen, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Bruce Waeber, Naval Air Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Lesley Girata, Space and Warefare Systems Command (United States)
Alex R. Lovett, SEMCOR, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2272:
Airborne Reconnaissance XVIII
Wallace G. Fishell; Paul A. Henkel; Alfred C. Crane, Editor(s)

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