26 September 1989 An Infrared Anti-Ship Seeker Simulator
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Abstract
Quantitative evaluation of anti-ship seeker design parameters can best be accomplished with a generic hardware seeker with variable parameters that can be operated in a real world target environment. This paper describes an infrared seeker system that can be modified to incorporate different platform, detector, optics and signal processing characteristics. This guidance simulation equipment is operated in a captive mode on a fixed wing aircraft and is used to evaluate the simulated seeker acquisition, track and guidance performance as a function of the target range and signature characteristics. Real time operator monitoring of the performance is accomplished through seeker video images which are recorded for subsequent laboratory analysis. Modifications to the guidance unit target detection and track algorithms can be accomplished between data runs by software changes to a dedicated image processing computer. Descriptions of the sensor, platform and image processor are presented. The range of parameters that can be simulated are discussed and typical data from operational tests are presented.
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Elmer F. Williams, Robert H. Evans, Larry A. Stockum, "An Infrared Anti-Ship Seeker Simulator", Proc. SPIE 1111, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing III, (26 September 1989); doi: 10.1117/12.977972; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.977972
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Image processing

Sensors

Control systems

Imaging infrared seeker

Imaging systems

Target acquisition

Detection and tracking algorithms

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