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30 July 1998 Multisensor optics for acquisition, tracking, and pointing applications
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Protection of high value military equipment against threats requires a robust self defense system. To meet the challenge of defending against a multitude of different types of threats, a fire control system must have the capability to detect, acquire and track, point a mechanisms and launch a device that intercept threats that present different signatures. This paper presents a multisensor optical assembly that has been developed which allows long wavelength, mid-wavelength and near IR energy to be directed to a multisensor suite. This optical assembly is incorporated in the Acquisition, Tracking and Pointing System of the Experimental Small Low-cost Interceptor Device fire control system. In addition to the optical paths the optical assembly contains calibration references for IR two- point calibration. This optical assembly works in concert with a high performance laser pointing system that has a 10,000 degrees per second per second acceleration capability. This combination of systems provides 360 degrees of hemispherical threat acquisition and tracking coverage.
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Elvie E. Mooty, Steven J. Hammer, John E. Miller, Bradley T. Atwater, and Eric H. Ford "Multisensor optics for acquisition, tracking, and pointing applications", Proc. SPIE 3365, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing XII, (30 July 1998);

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