14 April 2008 Performance analysis of a multispectral framing camera for detecting mines in the littoral zone and beach zone
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BAE Systems Sensor Systems Identification & Surveillance (IS) has developed, under contract with the Office of Naval Research, a multispectral airborne sensor system and processing algorithms capable of detecting mine-like objects in the surf zone and land mines in the beach zone. BAE Systems has used this system in a blind test at a test range established by the Naval Surface Warfare Center - Panama City Division (NSWC-PCD) at Eglin Air Force Base. The airborne and ground subsystems used in this test are described, with graphical illustrations of the detection algorithms. We report on the performance of the system configured to operate with a human operator analyzing data on a ground station. A subsurface (underwater bottom proud mine in the surf zone and moored mine in shallow water) mine detection capability is demonstrated in the surf zone. Surface float detection and proud land mine detection capability is also demonstrated. Our analysis shows that this BAE Systems-developed multispectral airborne sensor provides a robust technical foundation for a viable system for mine counter-measures, and would be a valuable asset for use prior to an amphibious assault.
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Eric Louchard, Brian Farm, Andrew Acker, "Performance analysis of a multispectral framing camera for detecting mines in the littoral zone and beach zone", Proc. SPIE 6946, Airborne Intelligence, Surveillance, Reconnaissance (ISR) Systems and Applications V, 694609 (14 April 2008); doi: 10.1117/12.781552; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.781552
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Land mines

Mining

Detection and tracking algorithms

Target detection

Sensors

Surf zone

System identification

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