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Selection of the thermal imaging approach for the XM29 combat rifle fire control system
Author(s): Eric Brindley; Jack Lillie; Peter Plocki; Robert T. Volz
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Paper Abstract

The paper briefly describes the XM29 (formerly OICW) weapon, its fire control system and the requirements for thermal imaging. System level constraints on the in-hand weight dictate the need for a high degree of integration with other elements of the system such as the laser rangefinder, direct view optics and daylight video, all operating at different wavelengths. The available Focal Plane Array technology choices are outlined and the evaluation process is described, including characterization at the US Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate (NVESD) and recent field-testing at Quantico USMC base, Virginia. This paper addresses the trade study, technology assessment and test-bed effort. The relationship between field and lab testing performance is compared and path forward recommended.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 2003
PDF: 16 pages
Proc. SPIE 5074, Infrared Technology and Applications XXIX, (10 October 2003); doi: 10.1117/12.497421
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Brindley, Alliant Integrated Defense Co. (United States)
Jack Lillie, U.S. Army Night Vision snf Electronic Sensors Directorate (United States)
Peter Plocki, Brashear LP (United States)
Robert T. Volz, U.S. Army Armaments Research, Development and Engineering Ctr. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5074:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXIX
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop, Editor(s)

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