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High-visibility infrared beacons for IFF and combat ID
Author(s): Martin Pralle; Irina Puscasu; Edward Johnson; Peter Loges; James Melnyk
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Paper Abstract

A new kind of Identification Friend or Foe (IFF) infrared beacon has been demonstrated. The omni-directional beacon consists of a pyramidal array of 1W pulsIR thermal light sources. Operating at a total power of 84W, the beacon can be used to track and identify surface vehicles and personnel with a recognition range of up to 6 miles on the battlefield and in urban environments or the marine boundary layer. Advanced photonic technology enables the beacon to be seen only while using a 3-5 μm or 8-12 μm thermal imaging system. There is no visible or near-IR emission to betray the location of the beacon. The beacon is rugged and will operate from -40 to 50°C ambient temperature, 0-100% relative humidity, 0 - 10,000 ft altitude, and meets MIL-STD 810F and MIL-STD 461E.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2005
PDF: 8 pages
Proc. SPIE 5780, Photonics for Port and Harbor Security, (19 May 2005); doi: 10.1117/12.603871
Show Author Affiliations
Martin Pralle, Ion Optics, Inc. (United States)
Irina Puscasu, Ion Optics, Inc. (United States)
Edward Johnson, Ion Optics, Inc. (United States)
Peter Loges, Ion Optics, Inc. (United States)
James Melnyk, Ion Optics, Inc. (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 5780:
Photonics for Port and Harbor Security
Michael J. DeWeert; Theodore T. Saito, Editor(s)

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