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4 May 2007 Identification of littoral targets with a laser range profiler
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Naval operations in the littoral have to deal with threats at short range in cluttered environments with both neutral and hostile targets. On board naval vessels there is a need for fast identification, which is possible with a laser range profiler. Additionally, in a coast-surveillance scenario a laser range profiler can be used for identification of small sea-surface targets approaching the coast. An eye-safe 1.5 μm laser range profiler has been used to validate these claims. Experimental results show that range profiles of sea-surface targets can be obtained at ranges of several km's. Sea-surface clutter is shown to be negligible. Simulation shows that sea-surface targets can be distinguished from their range profiles. The influence on the identification performance of range resolution and a-priori knowledge of the aspect angle is presented. Classification has been tested on simulated range profiles of a number of small boats. With a range resolution of 0.3 meter (comparable to our experimental set-up), these small boats could be identified.
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Johan C. van den Heuvel, Herman H. P. Th. Bekman, Frank J. M. van Putten, and Leo H. Cohen "Identification of littoral targets with a laser range profiler", Proc. SPIE 6550, Laser Radar Technology and Applications XII, 65500R (4 May 2007);


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