19 May 2006 Chirped AM ladar for anti-ship missile tracking and force protection 3D imaging: update
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Shipboard infrared search and track (IRST) systems can detect sea-skimming anti-ship missiles at long ranges. Since IRST systems cannot measure range and line-of-sight velocity, they have difficulty distinguishing missiles from slowly moving false targets and clutter. In a joint Army-Navy program, the Army Research Laboratory (ARL) is developing a chirped amplitude modulation ladar to provide range and velocity measurements for tracking of targets handed over to it by the distributed aperture system IRST (DAS-IRST) under development at the Naval Research Laboratory (NRL) under Office of Naval Research (ONR) sponsorship. By using an array receiver based on Intevac Inc.'s Electron Bombarded Active Pixel Sensor (EBAPS) operating near 1.5 μm wavelength, ARL's ladar also provides 3D imagery of potential threats in support of the force protection mission. In Phase I, ARL designed and built a breadboard ladar system for proof-of-principle static platform field tests. In Phase II, ARL is improving the ladar system to process and display 3D imagery and range-Doppler plots in near real-time, to re-register frames in near real-time to compensate for platform and target lateral motions during data acquisition, and to operate with better quality EBAPS tubes with higher quantum efficiency and better response spatial uniformity. The chirped AM ladar theory, breadboard design, performance model results, and initial breadboard preliminary test results were presented last year at this conference. This paper presents the results of tests at the Navy's Chesapeake Bay Detachment facility. The improvements to the ladar breadboard since last year are also presented.
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Brian C. Redman, Brian C. Redman, Barry Stann, Barry Stann, William Lawler, William Lawler, Mark Giza, Mark Giza, John Dammann, John Dammann, William Ruff, William Ruff, William Potter, William Potter, Ronald G. Driggers, Ronald G. Driggers, Jose Garcia, Jose Garcia, John Wilson, John Wilson, Keith Krapels, Keith Krapels, } "Chirped AM ladar for anti-ship missile tracking and force protection 3D imaging: update", Proc. SPIE 6214, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XI, 62140O (19 May 2006); doi: 10.1117/12.666961; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.666961

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