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An advanced missile warning processing suite
Author(s): Joel B. Montgomery; Richard B. Sanderson; John F. McCalmont; R. S. Johnson; D. J. McDermott; M. J. Taylor
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Paper Abstract

Effective missile warning and countermeasures remain an unfulfilled goal for the Air Force and others in the DOD community. To make the expectations a reality, newer sensors exhibiting the required sensitivity, field of regard, and spatial resolution are being developed and transitioned. The largest concern is in the first stage of a missile warning system: detection, in which all targets need to be detected with a high confidence and with very few false alarms. Typical fielded sensors are limited in their detection capability by either lack of sensitivity or by the presence of heavy background clutter, sun glints, and inherent sensor noise. Many threat environments include false alarm sources like burning fuels, flares, exploding ordinance, arc welders, and industrial emitters. Multicolor discrimination has been shown as one of the effective ways to improve the performance of missile warning sensors, particularly for heavy clutter situations. Its utility has been demonstrated in multiple demonstration and fielded systems. New exploitations of background and clutter spectral contents, coupled with advanced spatial and temporal filtering techniques, have resulted in a need to have a new baseline algorithm on which future processing advances may be judged against. This paper describes the AFRL Suite IIIc algorithm chain and its performance against long-range dim targets in clutter.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 April 2008
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 6969, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2008, 696902 (4 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.778662
Show Author Affiliations
Joel B. Montgomery, M&M Aviation (United States)
Richard B. Sanderson, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
John F. McCalmont, Air Force Research Lab. (United States)
R. S. Johnson, MacAulay-Brown Inc. (United States)
D. J. McDermott, M&M Aviation (United States)
M. J. Taylor, General Dynamics (United States)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6969:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2008
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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