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Gunfire performance of stabilized electro-optical sights
Author(s): Jesse J. Ortega
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Paper Abstract

The design of stabilized electro-optical sights is a fairly mature technology. As such, many if not most of the major design tradeoffs are well know and characterized. These include basic gimbal configuration, gyroscope technology, servo control configuration, friction and inertia relationships, and structural-servo interactions. Most of these considerations and effects can be adequately treated with the classic design sequence: Design in the linear world, simulate in the non-linear world, and test in the real world. Experience has shown, however, that behavior of a stabilized sight during gunshock is difficult to predict, and the classic design sequence may ont predict gunshock problems until the late-in-the-cycle test phase. Further, evidence indicates that the system that provide excellent nominal stabilization performance may not perform well during gunshock. A discussion of a system in this regard is presented. Tradeoffs in stabilization versus gunshock performance are discussed. A section on suggested risk- reduction activities is also given.

Paper Details

Date Published: 15 July 1999
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 3692, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII, (15 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352849
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Jesse J. Ortega, Raytheon Systems Co. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3692:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XIII
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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