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Identification of missile guidance laws for missile warning systems applications
Author(s): Jason F. Ralph; Moira I. Smith; Jamie P. Heather
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Paper Abstract

The reliable detection and tracking of missile plumes in sequences of infrared images is a crucial factor in developing infrared missile warning systems for use in military and civil aircraft. This paper discusses the development of a set of algorithms that allow missile plumes to be detected, tracked and classified according to their perceived motion in the image plane. The aim is to classify the missile motion so as to provide an indication of the guidance law which is being used and, hence, to determine the type of missile that may be present and allow the appropriate countermeasures to be deployed. The algorithms allow for the motion of the host platform and they determine the missile motion relative to the fixed background provided by the scene. The tracks produced contain sufficient information to allow good discrimination between several standard missile types.

Paper Details

Date Published: 19 May 2006
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 6236, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2006, 62360B (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.665626
Show Author Affiliations
Jason F. Ralph, The Univ. of Liverpool (United Kingdom)
Moira I. Smith, Waterfall Solutions (United Kingdom)
Jamie P. Heather, Waterfall Solutions (United Kingdom)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6236:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 2006
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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