30 August 2004 Impact flash: a tool for rapid battle damage assessment
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The U. S. Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is investigating visible and infrared impact flash signatures of kinetic energy and other munitions. The effort has two phases; one examines the detailed spectral and photometric characteristics of flash from controlled impacts at indoor ranges and is intended to provide a detailed, systematic database about impact signatures, while the second gathers similar impact signatures of U.S. rounds striking potential opponents’ vehicles in the field. In both cases, the signatures are subsequently correlated with high-speed photography and the physical damage created. The results indicate that with minor modifications of basic KE rounds, flash signatures may have the potential to reveal who fired a round and whether it struck, penetrated, or even perforated the target.
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George M. Thomson, Michael R. McNeir, "Impact flash: a tool for rapid battle damage assessment", Proc. SPIE 5406, Infrared Technology and Applications XXX, (30 August 2004); doi: 10.1117/12.538654; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.538654

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