Proceedings PaperChallenges in the design of military laser products
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The designers of military laser products face various challenges in the design of these products. There is increasing pressure on the designers to reduce the cost, the development time and to improve the performance of these products. There is a lot of pressure on the designer to reduce the size, weight and power consumption of these products. Our company has designed and manufactured laser rangefinders, target locating systems and laser designators for the past 35 years. These products are integrated into our own range of handheld products, or integrated into armoured vehicle sighting systems, submarine periscopes and in helicopter and UAV sighting systems. The environmental conditions in which all these systems must operate are extremely harsh. The expectation of the customers is to get a much more reliable product due to the move from flash lamp pumping to diode pumping. The different laser products will be briefly discussed. The requirements for these products and the design constraints are discussed.