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Seaborne electro-optical sensors and their technologies
Author(s): Stephen Roger Horman; Robert M. Headley Jr.; Matthew W. Zurasky; Patrick A. Dezeeuw; Joseph W. Trahan
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Paper Abstract

The US Navy (USN) has long placed a strong emphasis on the production and use of electro-optical (EO) sensors for a wide variety of mission on naval aircraft. Numerous EO fire control and surveillance sensor systems have been developed for USN surface ship applications, but production and deployment has been limited. This apparent dichotomy is due to the vastly different missions and environments of aircraft and ships, and to the need for shipboard system that will support operations dictated by our global interest. EO technology has now evolved to the point where surveillance and fire control sensor systems can be built that have excellent performance under the preponderance of environmental conditions, and where atmospheric refraction, rather than transmission, is the primary design driver. In addition, the consensus of USN decision-makers is that EO sensor system that are designed to complement not supplant, radar systems can provide dramatic improvements in combat system performance at acceptable costs. The two sensor classes that have achieved this level of maturity are Horizon IR Surveillance Systems and the Thermal Imaging Sensors. This paper describes the technologies that have made these sensors possible as well as some of the phenomenological drivers to their designs.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 July 1999
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 3698, Infrared Technology and Applications XXV, (26 July 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.354513
Show Author Affiliations
Stephen Roger Horman, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Robert M. Headley Jr., Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Matthew W. Zurasky, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Patrick A. Dezeeuw, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)
Joseph W. Trahan, Naval Surface Warfare Ctr. (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3698:
Infrared Technology and Applications XXV
Bjorn F. Andresen; Marija Strojnik, Editor(s)

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