Leveraging the Naval Surface Warfare Center, Indian Head Division's historical experience in weapon
simulation, Naval Sea Systems Command commissioned development of a remote-controlled, digitally programmable
Sensor Test Target as part of a modern, outdoor hardware-in-the-loop test system for ordnance-related guidance,
navigation and control systems. The overall Target system design invokes a sciences-based, "design of automated
experiments" approach meant to close the logistical distance between sensor engineering and developmental T&E in
outdoor conditions over useful real world distances. This enables operating modes that employ broad spectrum
electromagnetic energy in many a desired combination, variably generated using a Jet Engine Simulator, a multispectral
infrared emitter array, optically enhanced incandescent Flare Simulators, Emitter/Detector mounts, and an RF corner
reflector kit. As assembled, the recently tested Sensor Test Target prototype being presented can capably provide a full
array of useful RF and infrared target source simulations for RDT&E use with developmental and existing sensors.
Certain Target technologies are patent pending, with potential spinoffs in aviation, metallurgy and biofuels processing,
while others are variations on well-established technology. The Sensor Test Target System is planned for extended
installation at Allegany Ballistics Laboratory (Rocket Center, WV).