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Infrared search and track technology demonstrator program
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Paper Abstract

The objective of the infrared search and track (IRST) program was to develop a demonstration system capable of long range detection and tracking of air targets in an airborne environment. This paper describes each of the major subsystems of the IRST equipment, which comprises a pointing and stabilization system, a thermal imaging system and a signal processing unit. The various modes of operation are outlined which provide the capability to search for, detect and track multiple targets; to track and display imagery of a selected target and to provide passive ranging information. A brief discussion of the installation and trials is given. Finally, a discussion of future system capabilities is given. The equipment is being flown by the Defence Research Agency in an experimental Tornado aircraft and further details are given in the paper titled 'Optimization of IRST algorithms,' P. N. Randall and A. J. Seedhouse, Defence Research Agency (Farnborough), UK.

Paper Details

Date Published: 13 August 1997
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3061, Infrared Technology and Applications XXIII, (13 August 1997); doi: 10.1117/12.280372
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David J. Clarke, GEC Marconi Sensors Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Peter N. Randall, Defence Research Agency Farnborough (United Kingdom)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3061:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXIII
Bjorn F. Andresen; Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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