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Evolution of test and evaluation of infrared missile warning systems
Author(s): Stephen A. Holloway
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Paper Abstract

Test and evaluation of missile warning systems is most efficiently performed using electro-optic stimulation systems that can simulate the launch and approach of a missile at operational ranges. Much research and development over recent years has gone into optimizing the fidelity and power of these systems in the mid-infrared waveband. The work has provided a variety of solutions based generally on black body technology. Recent demands for higher power equipment have pushed development towards a laser based approach. Viable options for laser based architectures have been studied and compared against key criteria such as power input/output, modulation performance, dynamic range, environmental requirements and engineering complexity. An array of quantum cascade lasers has emerged as the most advantageous solution for the present challenges. State of the art quantum cascade lasers from a research institute have been incorporated into the design of two fielded systems. These systems have been thoroughly characterised with results matching the required performance.

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6737, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications IV, 67370I (8 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.745121
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Stephen A. Holloway, ESL Defence Ltd. (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6737:
Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications IV
David A. Huckridge; Reinhard R. Ebert, Editor(s)

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