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Application of forward-deployed netted sensors for long-range counterbattery operations
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Paper Abstract

Counter battery operations have traditionally relied upon weapon locating radar and long range acoustic detection to locate hostile systems, friendly artillery fire is then used to destroy the enemy. At short ranges the timelines are such that this can be achieved, however at longer ranges with extended flight times and reduced out of action times, the 'shoot and scoot' tactics of enemy systems, this process is not effective. This capability can be regained with forward deployed sensors which detect and track the enemy indirect fire systems both during and after firing. This paper explains how netted sensors working co-operatively can solve the system level problems of long range counter battery operations, to ensure that the munition engages the target. Results show that low cost sensors placed close to areas of interest can locate artillery targets with accuracies exceeding current more expensive detection systems. Once the target has been located and identified it may be tracked using the same sensor network. Updating the munition with these details will ensure successful engagement. Results will be shown demonstrating the location capability of a low cost netted sensor system against rockets, mortars and shells.

Paper Details

Date Published: 18 September 2003
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5090, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications V, (18 September 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.487781
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Andrew L. Hume, QinetiQ (United Kingdom)
Dean A. R. Beale, QinetiQ (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5090:
Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications V
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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