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Performance analysis of a multispectral framing camera for detecting mines in the littoral zone and beach zone
Author(s): Eric Louchard; Brian Farm; Andrew Acker
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Paper Abstract

BAE Systems Sensor Systems Identification & Surveillance (IS) has developed, under contract with the Office of Naval Research, a multispectral airborne sensor system and processing algorithms capable of detecting mine-like objects in the surf zone and land mines in the beach zone. BAE Systems has used this system in a blind test at a test range established by the Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City Division (NSWC-PCD) at Eglin Air Force Base. The airborne and ground subsystems used in this test are described, with graphical illustrations of the detection algorithms. We report on the performance of the system configured to operate with a human operator analyzing data on a ground station. A subsurface (underwater bottom proud mine in the surf zone and moored mine in shallow water) mine detection capability is demonstrated in the surf zone. Surface float detection and proud land mine detection capability is also demonstrated. Our analysis shows that this BAE Systems-developed multispectral airborne sensor provides a robust technical foundation for a viable system for mine counter-measures, and would be a valuable asset for use prior to an amphibious assault.

Paper Details

Date Published: 14 April 2008
PDF: 11 pages
Proc. SPIE 6946, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications V, 694609 (14 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.781552
Show Author Affiliations
Eric Louchard, BAE Systems (United States)
Brian Farm, BAE Systems (United States)
Andrew Acker, BAE Systems (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6946:
Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications V
Daniel J. Henry, Editor(s)

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