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Impact flash: a tool for rapid battle damage assessment
Author(s): George M. Thomson; Michael R. McNeir
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Paper Abstract

The U. S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is investigating visible and infrared impact flash signatures of kinetic energy and other munitions. The effort has two phases; one examines the detailed spectral and photometric characteristics of flash from controlled impacts at indoor ranges and is intended to provide a detailed, systematic database about impact signatures, while the second gathers similar impact signatures of U.S. rounds striking potential opponents’ vehicles in the field. In both cases, the signatures are subsequently correlated with high-speed photography and the physical damage created. The results indicate that with minor modifications of basic KE rounds, flash signatures may have the potential to reveal who fired a round and whether it struck, penetrated, or even perforated the target.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2004
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 5406, Infrared Technology and Applications XXX, (30 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.538654
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George M. Thomson, Army Research Lab. (United States)
Michael R. McNeir, Army Research Lab. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5406:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXX
Bjorn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop, Editor(s)

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