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IR detectors design and approach for tactical applications with high reliability without maintenance
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Paper Abstract

Tactical applications are very sensitive to maintenance periodicity and in lot of cases, maintenance position is critical regarding mission availability. Moreover, maintenance has a cost that becomes quickly prohibitive when the cooler or the vacuum have to be repaired too often. Sofradir has worked a lot during last years on reliability and life cycle cost optimization considering all the IR detectors subassemblies. This work has lead to an increased robustness of detectors and technologies even under severe environmental conditions, and reduced variabilities in production. This paper presents the state of the art of Integrated Detector Dewar Cooler Assembly (IDDCA)'s reliability, the production means and the methods that allow us today to propose detectors with very high reliability without maintenance. These detectors are a breakthrough for life cycle cost for tactical applications as portable cameras, airborne systems, and missiles.

Paper Details

Date Published: 2 May 2008
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6940, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIV, 69400H (2 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.780048
Show Author Affiliations
Xavier Breniere, SOFRADIR (France)
Philippe Tribolet, SOFRADIR (France)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6940:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIV
Bjørn F. Andresen; Gabor F. Fulop; Paul R. Norton, Editor(s)

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