Since many years AIM delivers IR-modules for army applications like pilotage, weapon sights, UAVs or vehicle
platforms. State-of-the-art 640x512, 15μm pitch detector modules are in production in manifold configurations
optimized for specific key requirements on system level. This is possible due to a modular design, which is best suited to
meet the diversity of system needs in army applications. Examples are optimization of detector-dewar length for gimbal
applications, size weight and power reduction for UAVs or lifetime enhancement for vehicle platforms.
In 2012 AIM presented first prototypes of megapixel detectors (1280x1024, 15μm pitch) for both spectral bands MWIR
and LWIR. These large format detector arrays fulfill the demand for higher spatial resolution, which is requested for
applications like rotorcraft pilotage, persistent surveillance or tasks like determination of threat level in personnel targets.
Recently, a new tactical dewar has been developed for the 1280x1024 detector arrays. It is designed to withstand
environmental stresses and, at the same time, to quest for a compact overall package. Furthermore, the idea of a modular
design will be even more emphasized. Integration of different cooler types, like AIM’s SX095 or rotary integral, will be
possible without modification of the dewar.
The paper will present development status of large format IR-modules at AIM as well as performance data and
configuration considerations with respect to army applications.