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Lab: Naval Research Laboratory
Category: Electronic Warfare
4556 Overlook Avenue S.W.
Washington, DC, 20375
Phone: 202-767-3083 ext.
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FUNCTION: Determines the effectiveness
of ship-based infrared (IR) decoys and IR
laser countermeasure (CM) systems against
the IR guided antiship missiles (ASM).
Develops performance bounds of IR ASMs
to detect and engage both conventional
and signature-reduced U.S. surface platforms
and to evaluate the performance of
various IRCM techniques from research
and development to development test
(DT)/operational test (OT).
DESCRIPTION: The IR Missile Simulator and Development
Laboratory includes IR seeker simulators and a
fully equipped laboratory for sensor evaluation,
processor design and development, flight hardware
assembly, algorithm design, and data analysis. The
aircraft-mounted systems use fiber-optic communications
between wing pod and the instrumentation/
display inside the aircraft. This provides low noise on
all data channels. The simulator systems contain an
integrated data system for analysis of extensive field
trials and allow ready visualization of both the actual
tests and post-test data reduction. One simulator is a
reprogrammable system permitting evaluation of
multiple threats. Detector configurations and algorithms
are changed to approximate threats. Another flyable
simulator supports research on imaging IR seekers.
The large system gimbal accommodates newly developed
imaging IR cameras. By using commercial image
processing boards and an array of microprocessors, a
complete missile seeker system with exceptional
flexibility to incorporate new algorithms and IRCCM approaches is obtained.