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Steered agile beams support for Army requirements
Author(s): W. Brian Matkin
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Paper Abstract

Steered Agile Beam (STAB) technology is a revolutionary concept for the development and employed of laser devices that perform in a manner similar to phased array radar. In effect, a STAB device, like the phased array radar, will be able to transmit multiple beams simultaneously. This will permit STAB to acquire and track multiple objects simultaneously; a STAB device will be able to direct its laser beams in different directions without having to move the device. Consequently, STAB will be able to acquire, track, and communicate with multiple objects within its field-of-regard. There are several battlefield applications that would benefit significantly from STAB technology. Some of the tactical areas that may use STAB technology include communications, target designation, optical countermeasures, target acquisition and tracking, identification friend or foe, and battle damage assessment. The DARPA is sponsoring the STAB development program, and during the next few years will be evaluating the work of several contractors in bringing the technology to the user.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 April 2000
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 3952, Optoelectronic Interconnects VII; Photonics Packaging and Integration II, (27 April 2000); doi: 10.1117/12.384407
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W. Brian Matkin, U.S. Army Aviation and Missile Command (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3952:
Optoelectronic Interconnects VII; Photonics Packaging and Integration II
Michael R. Feldman; Richard Liqiang Li; Michael R. Feldman; Richard Liqiang Li; W. Brian Matkin; Suning Tang, Editor(s)

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