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Cooperative target identification marking material for thermal infrared, near infrared, and visible sensing
Author(s): Eoin O'Keefe; Adam Shohet; Martin Swan
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Paper Abstract

Combat Identification is the process of qualifying unidentified objects on the battlefield. This is achieved using a combination of situational awareness and target identification capabilities and is used in conjunction with doctrine, tactics, techniques and procedures to derive an informed decision to shoot or not to shoot. Current electro-optic Cooperative Target Identification (CTI) techniques use a range of sensors operating in the human visible, near infrared and thermal infrared. These sensors are used in conjunction with corresponding markings to comprise what is referred to as the Joint Combat Identification Marking System (JCIMS). There are a number of combat scenarios where CTI could be used for ground-to-ground identification as well as for air-to-ground identification and not all of these scenarios are currently catered for in all sensor wavebands. In this paper we compare some of the existing technologies as well as introducing some new candidates including lightweight flexible thermal infrared marking materials for dismounted troops. An assessment of passive, cooperative CID marking systems such as these is particularly relevant in light of the recent Committee of Public Accounts (CPA) report criticising the delays to proposed active technologies such as the Battlefield Target Identification System (BTIS).

Paper Details

Date Published: 8 October 2007
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6737, Electro-Optical and Infrared Systems: Technology and Applications IV, 67370J (8 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.745842
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Eoin O'Keefe, QinetiQ Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Adam Shohet, QinetiQ Ltd. (United Kingdom)
Martin Swan, QinetiQ 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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