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Helicopters on the asymmetric battlefield: challenges for photonics
Author(s): Johnny Heikell
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Paper Abstract

The problem set of battlefield helicopters and related photonics in asymmetric scenarios is addressed with emphasis on survivability and electronic warfare. The problem set is identified starting from an operational perspective, asking how different the asymmetric battlefield is from the traditional Cold War scenario, and by identifying relevant characteristics of battlefield helicopters. Based on this information requirements for photonics are deduced. It is concluded that the shift to asymmetric conflicts brings evolutionary-but not revolutionary-challenges for photonics, mostly so for the laser community. Main causes for the evolutionary drive are shortened engagement ranges, increased threat from ballistic and CBRE weapons, stringent ROEs, and assassination operations.

Paper Details

Date Published: 10 October 2007
PDF: 13 pages
Proc. SPIE 6738, Technologies for Optical Countermeasures IV, 67380M (10 October 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.736632
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Johnny Heikell, Helsinki Univ. of Technology (Finland)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6738:
Technologies for Optical Countermeasures IV
David H. Titterton; Mark A. Richardson, Editor(s)

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