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Assessing the search and detection problem via the FLIR target acquisition model (FTAM)
Author(s): Thomas J. Horrigan
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Paper Abstract

The FLIR Target Acquisition Model (FTAM) is an analytical tool used to evaluate range performance for man-in-the-loop target acquisition systems operating in the infrared spectral band. It represents an aggregation of the latest research done involving object detection by such authorities as Raytheon Missile Systems Company (RMSC), Georgia Technological Research Institute (GTRI), and The Institute for Defense Analysis (IDA). The Static and Dynamic probabilities of detection predicted by the model represent the expected performance achieved with a given sensor with regards to sensor characteristics, target signature, background clutter, and human observer psychophysics effects. This paper will address the methodology of FTAM's prediction method and present comparisons to the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensor Directorate (NVESD) ACQUIRE 1.0 Range Performance Model for Target Acquisition Systems. FTAM results will be compared against available measured NVESD data to quantify its predictive capability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 July 1999
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 3699, Targets and Backgrounds: Characterization and Representation V, (14 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.352957
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Thomas J. Horrigan, Raytheon Missile Systems Co. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3699:
Targets and Backgrounds: Characterization and Representation V
Wendell R. Watkins; Dieter Clement; William R. Reynolds, Editor(s)

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