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Infrared detection of low-contrast sea-skimming cruise missiles
Author(s): Eric Branlund; Philip J. Davis; Robert G. Lindgren
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Paper Abstract

This paper describes the algorithms Arete is developing for shipboard infrared search and track (SIRST) detection of low-observable targets, such as subsonic, sea-skimming cruise missiles. The key algorithm is Arete's Bayesian (probability) field tracker, which is a track-before-detect algorithm. The basic concept of this tracker is to update in successive time steps the probability of all possible target positions and velocities before thresholding. Sample results are presented for simulated low (approximately 6 dB) signal-to-noise ratio (SNR) targets injected into both simulated and real ocean horizon scenes. More conventional detection algorithms require greater SNR for each temporal update. Since the cruise missile signature decreases with increasing range between the sensor and the cruise missile, our Bayesian tracker can detect subsonic, low-observable cruise missiles at greater ranges. To mitigate false alarms the measurement likelihood is modified to account for non-Gaussian noise/clutter statistics (large intensity outliers). False alarm mitigation is demonstrated for injected signatures into real data.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 June 1996
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2742, Targets and Backgrounds: Characterization and Representation II, (17 June 1996); doi: 10.1117/12.242996
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Eric Branlund, Arete Associates (United States)
Philip J. Davis, Arete Associates (United States)
Robert G. Lindgren, Arete Associates (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2742:
Targets and Backgrounds: Characterization and Representation II
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement, Editor(s)

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