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A presentation of ATR processing chain validation procedure of IR terminal guidance version of the AASM modular air-to-ground weapon
Author(s): D. Duclos; N. Quinquis; G. Broda; F. Galmiche; F. Oudyi; N. Coulon; D. Cordier; C. Sonier
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Paper Abstract

Developed by Sagem (SAFRAN Group), the AASM is a modular Air-To-Ground "Fire and Forget" weapon designed to be able to neutralise a large range of targets under all conditions. The AASM is composed of guidance and range enhancement kits that give bombs, already in service, new operational capabilities. AASM Guidance kit exists in two different versions. The IMU/GPS guidance version is able to achieve "ten-meter class" accuracy on target in all weather conditions. The IMU/GPS/IR guidance version is able to achieve "meter class" accuracy on target with poor precision geographic designation or in GPS-denied flight context, thanks to a IR sensor and a complex image processing chain. In this night/day IMU/GPS/IR version, the terminal guidance phase adjusts the missile navigation to the true target by matching the image viewed through the infrared sensor with a target model stored in the missile memory. This model will already have been drawn up on the ground using a mission planning system and, for example, a satellite image. This paper will present the main steps of the procedure applied to qualify the complete image processing chain of the AASM IMU/GPS/IR version, including open-loop validation of ATR algorithms on real and synthetic images, and closed-loop validation using AASM simulation reference model.

Paper Details

Date Published: 5 May 2009
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 7335, Automatic Target Recognition XIX, 733512 (5 May 2009); doi: 10.1117/12.818366
Show Author Affiliations
D. Duclos, Sagem Defense Securite (France)
N. Quinquis, Sagem Defense Securite (France)
G. Broda, Sagem Defense Securite (France)
F. Galmiche, Sagem Defense Securite (France)
F. Oudyi, Sagem Defense Securite (France)
N. Coulon, Sagem Defense Securite (France)
D. Cordier, Sagem Defense Securite (France)
C. Sonier, Sagem Defense Securite (France)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7335:
Automatic Target Recognition XIX
Firooz A. Sadjadi; Abhijit Mahalanobis, Editor(s)

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