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Plugging electro-optical fire control into the digitized battlefield
Author(s): James E. Gibson
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Paper Abstract

For a forward observer to effectively direct ordinance delivery on targets, precise target location information is required. The determination oftarget coordinates involves many variables which previously have been difficult to determine precisely. The recently developed Litton Laser Systems Mark VII eyesafe laser target locator incorporates advanced laser technology and a unique switchable thy/night vision optical design, plus an imbedded digital magnetic compass, to provide digital data output for accurate target location detennination. With the Mark VII RS-232 output connected to a PLGR (Precision Light Weight GPS Receiver), the PLGR will convert the Mark VII data into accurate coordinates for battlefield use. One recent implementation ofthis target location capability was the QRC (Quick Reaction Capability) development ofthe Close Air Support Integrated Targeting System (CITS) for the US Air Force Project Sure Strike, in support ofthe United Nations peace keeping effort in Bosnia. For this configuration, a Litton Data Systems Handheld Terminal Unit was integrated with the Mark VII and PLGR to collect target location data and, through utilization ofa PRC-113 radio, digitally transmit this information to an F-16 Aircraft. In the aircraft, a target "box" would then automatically be displayed around the target in the pilot's heads up display, allowing him to rapidly and accurately initiate engagement. KEYWORDS: laser target locator, eyesafe rangefinding, handheld laser, Sure Strike

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 June 1997
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3080, Digitization of the Battlefield II, (26 June 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.277165
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James E. Gibson, Litton Systems, Inc. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3080:
Digitization of the Battlefield II
Raja Suresh, Editor(s)

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