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IR detectors life cycle cost and reliability optimization for tactical applications
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Paper Abstract

Infrared (IR) applications are more and more demanding regarding reliability and cost. Moreover contracts are getting further than simple cost acquisition considerations, asking for life cycle cost requirements. Life cycle cost approach is the way to combine increase of reliability with reduction of costs. Starting from the design of a IR detector and taking in consideration some specific tactical system constraints, the whole cost and reliability analyses have to be made including maintenance approaches. The key parameters for the detectors are the thermal cycles behaviour, the cooler reliability and the vacuum behaviour. Based on Sofradir experience of life cycle cost contracts and on IR staring arrays results, this paper discuss the optimization of life cycle cost and reliability as well as future trends regarding IR detectors and reduction of life cycle cost.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 October 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6395, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications III, 63950D (5 October 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.690381
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Xavier Breniere, Sofradir (France)
Philippe Tribolet, Sofradir (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6395:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications III
Ronald G. Driggers; David A. Huckridge, Editor(s)

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