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Uncooled infrared sensors for an integrated sniper location system
Author(s): Timothy J. Spera; Burton D. Figler
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Paper Abstract

Since July of 1995, Lockheed Martin IR Imaging Systems of Lexington, Massachusetts has been developing an integrated sniper location system for the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA) and for the Department of the Navy's Naval Command Control & Ocean Surveillance Center, RDTE Division in San Diego, California. This system integrates two technologies to provide an affordable and highly effective sniper detection and location capability. The integrated sniper location system is being developed for use by the military and by law enforcement agencies. It will be man portable and can be used by individuals, at fixed ground sites, on ground vehicles, and on low flying aircraft. The integrated sniper location system combines an acoustic warning system with an uncooled infrared warning system. The acoustic warner is being developed by SenTech, Inc. of Lexington, Massachusetts. This acoustic warner provides sniper detection and coarse location information based upon the muzzle blast of the sniper's weapon and/or upon the shock wave produced by the sniper's bullet, if the bullet is supersonic. The uncooled infrared warning system provides sniper detection and fine location information based upon the weapons's muzzle flash. Combining the two technologies improves detection probability and reduces false alarm rate. This paper describes the integrated sniper location system, focusing on the uncooled infrared sensor and its associated signal processing. In addition, preliminary results from Phase I testing of the system are presented. Finally, the paper addresses the plans for implementing Phases II and III, during which the system will be optimized in terms of detection and location performance, size, weight, power, and cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 February 1997
PDF: 14 pages
Proc. SPIE 2938, Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Systems for Law Enforcement, (18 February 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.266755
Show Author Affiliations
Timothy J. Spera, Lockheed Martin IR Imaging Systems (United States)
Burton D. Figler, Lockheed Martin IR Imaging Systems (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2938:
Command, Control, Communications, and Intelligence Systems for Law Enforcement
Edward M. Carapezza; Donald Spector, Editor(s)

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