25 November 1986 An Optical Gun Muzzle Sensor To Improve Firing Accuracy
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Proceedings Volume 0661, Optical Testing and Metrology; (1986) https://doi.org/10.1117/12.938637
Event: 1986 Quebec Symposium, 1986, Quebec City, Canada
Thermal deformations of gun/tank components can affect the firing accuracy of modern tanks. To alleviate this problem, an optical gun muzzle sensor has been designed to provide corrections to the computer-generated signals responsible for fire control. This paper first summarizes some typical deformations that induce firing inaccuracies, then reviews various optical approaches to sensing the angular position of a gun and finally, discusses the design of an optical instrument recently developed in Canada for this purpose. The technique involves a laser diode transmitter/receiver mounted on a turret roof and a small mirror at the gun muzzle to reflect the laser beam. Thermal distortions induce a beam deflection which is measured by an analogue, two-axis position sensing detector whose output signals are converted into angular corrections and sent to the fire control computer. The optical design and some specific engineering problem's are thoroughly discussed.
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Raymond Carbonneau, Raymond Carbonneau, Jacques Dubois, Jacques Dubois, Geoffrey Harris, Geoffrey Harris, } "An Optical Gun Muzzle Sensor To Improve Firing Accuracy", Proc. SPIE 0661, Optical Testing and Metrology, (25 November 1986); doi: 10.1117/12.938637; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.938637

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