Recent advances in the ability to perform comprehensive ground based Infrared Countermeasure (IRCM)
testing have the capability to fill the Test and Evaluation (T&E) gaps for existing and future weapons system
acquisition. IRCM testing has historically been dominated and in a manner limited by expensive live fire
testing requirements. While live fire testing is a vital part of IRCM T&E, next generation technological
developments now enable closed-loop, ground-based IRCM testing to provide valuable complementary test
data at a much lower cost. The high cost and limited assets that have prevented live fire and flight testing
from providing a thorough hardware based data set required for previous T&E analysis is no longer an issue.
In the past, traditional physics based digital system model (DSM) analysis has been utilized to augment the
IRCM data sets to make them statistically significant. While DSM is a useful tool in the development of IRCM
systems, the newly developed installed system testing utilizing a hardware-in-the-loop construct provides for
an enhanced level of fidelity and assurance that the systems will meet the warfighter's needs. The goal of the
newly developed test technologies is to develop a statistical significant data set utilizing hardware-in-the-loop
at a significantly lower cost than historical methods.