15 May 2008 IR technology for enhanced force protection by AIM
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In all recent missions our forces are faced with various types of asymmetric threads like snipers, IEDs, RPGs or MANPADS. 2nd and 3rd Gen IR technology is a backbone of modern force protection by providing situational awareness and accurate target engagement at day/night. 3rd Gen sensors are developed for thread warning capabilities by use of spectral or spatial information. The progress on a dual-color IR module is discussed in a separate paper [1]. A 1024x256 SWIR array with flexure bearing compressor and pulse tube cold finger provides > 50,000h lifetime for space or airborne hyperspectral imaging in pushbroom geometry with 256 spectral channels for improved change detection and remote sensing of IEDs or chemical agents. Similar concepts are pursued in the LWIR with either spectroscopic imaging or a system of LWIR FPA combined with a cooled tunable Laser to do spectroscopy with stimulated absorption of specific wavelengths. AIM introduced the RangIR sight to match the requirements of sniper teams, AGLs and weapon stations, extending the outstanding optronic performance of the fielded HuntIR with position data of a target by a laser range finder (LRF), a 3 axis digital magnetic compass (DMC) and a ballistic computer for accurate engagement of remote targets. A version with flexure bearing cooler with >30,000h life time is being developed for continuous operation in e.g. gunfire detection systems. This paper gives an overview of AIM's technologies for enhanced force protection.
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R. Breiter, R. Breiter, T. Ihle, T. Ihle, W. Rode, W. Rode, J. Wendler, J. Wendler, I. Rühlich, I. Rühlich, M. Haiml, M. Haiml, J. Ziegler, J. Ziegler, } "IR technology for enhanced force protection by AIM", Proc. SPIE 6940, Infrared Technology and Applications XXXIV, 69401J (15 May 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.776747; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.776747
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