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Electro-Optical Sensor Laser Vulnerability And Survivability Testing
Author(s): David L. Haavig; Billy D. Heady; Dennis L. McCormack
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Paper Abstract

The use of lasers in range finders, target designators, and as battlefield weapons presents a problem for todays strategic and tactical electro-optical sensors. The sensitivity of these sensor systems makes them easy targets for jamming, spoofing, and damage by lasers. This directly impacts their survivability and the success of their mission. Hardening sensor systems against real and potential laser threats has been undertaken as a countermeasure. In order to harden sensor systems, their susceptibility must be assessed, hardening concepts incorporated, and finally, the hardening of the sensor must be verified. The McDonnell Douglas High Energy Laser Test Facility has been involved in testing vulnerability and survivability of sensor systems for the past thirteen years. The sensor vulnerability and survivability testing capabilities of the McDonnell Douglas High Energy Laser Test Facility are described. The lasers, instrumentation, and beam characterization capabilities as well as the threat simulation capabilities are discussed. Finally, test setups for several sensor systems tested in this facility are also discussed.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 June 1989
PDF: 9 pages
Proc. SPIE 1050, Infrared Systems and Components III, (30 June 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.951440
Show Author Affiliations
David L. Haavig, McDonnell Douglas Corporation (United States)
Billy D. Heady, McDonnell Douglas Corporation (United States)
Dennis L. McCormack, McDonnell Douglas Corporation (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 1050:
Infrared Systems and Components III
Robert L. Caswell, Editor(s)

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