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HuntIR thermal imagers for reconnaissance and targeting applications
Author(s): Rainer Breiter; Wolfgang A. Cabanski; Tobias Ihle; Karl-Heinz Mauk; Werner Rode
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Paper Abstract

A new family of light handheld military thermal imagers for reconnaissance and targeting applications was developed based on AIM's IR components like IR detection modules, command and control electronics and image processing units. Three different types of imagers provide solutions for different requirements in identification ranges of targets. The highest performance device makes use of a FPA MCT 384x288 MWIR detector with a motorized double field of view optics. An identification range up to 2400m for the NATO standard target was proven according to the FGAN-FOM TRM3 range model. The device provides a mechanical adaptation to weapon systems and provides target markers for common hand weapons of the German army. A single field of view MCT device for 1000m ranges and an uncooled device on the lower performance end complete the imager family. Electronics for intelligent power management from batteries and display electronics were developed to provide stand alone operation. The modular concept allows the use of the same image processing unit for all devices providing special features for best performance like scene-based non-uniformity correction together with an optical calibration element and dynamic reduction including automatic histogram equalization for optimized scene display and text or graphics overlay. Due to the modular concept the components like the image processing unit are already used and validated in programs like the thermal sight for the self defense gun of the reconnaissance vehicle FENNEK together with a 320x240 LWIR uncooled microbolometer detector or with the MCT 384x288 MWIR detection module in a thermal imager for the German army UAV Luna.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2004
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 5406, Infrared Technology and Applications XXX, (30 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.542052
Show Author Affiliations
Rainer Breiter, AEG Infrarot-Module GmbH (Germany)
Wolfgang A. Cabanski, AEG Infrarot-Module GmbH (Germany)
Tobias Ihle, AEG Infrarot-Module GmbH (Germany)
Karl-Heinz Mauk, AEG Infrarot-Module GmbH (Germany)
Werner Rode, AEG Infrarot-Module GmbH (Germany)

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

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