13 February 1990 Fiber Optic Rate Sensors For High-G Environment Applications
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Advances in modern warfare require the development of artillery munitions that travel beyond the visual horizon. It is not unusual, particularly in undulating terrain, for the direct line of sight from the forward edge of the battle area (FEBA) to the attacking forces to be limited to 2,000 meters. In addition to terrain, influences of clouds, fog, rain and smoke combine to limit the direct line of sight. Mobile targets also decrease probability of kill. What is called for and what has been developed are "smart munitions" that allow the artilleryman to "fire and forget." The technique which accommodates this fire and forget philosophy utilizes a projectile having a radiation detector (or seeker) to sense the target and inertial rate sensors supported by a computer or processor. However, even though we have smart shells today room for improvement exists in weight, power, shelf life, environmental ruggedness and cost.
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Emery L. Moore, Emery L. Moore, Alex Hertzberg, Alex Hertzberg, } "Fiber Optic Rate Sensors For High-G Environment Applications", Proc. SPIE 1169, Fiber Optic and Laser Sensors VII, (13 February 1990); doi: 10.1117/12.963053; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.963053

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