Performance Requirements for Long-Standoff-Range Infrared Imaging Sensor
Pacific-Sierra Research Corporation Warminster United States
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In the future, the contest for information will dominate maritime warfare, global surveillance will be routine, and battle spaces will expand. Accordingly, the U.S. Navy has a requirement for generating near-real-time, near-photographic-quality aerial imagery of a variety of targets from long standoff ranges both day and night. Missions include antisurface warfare, overland strike warfare, and intelligence. Targets range from large fixed installations such as power plants and bridges to relocatable anti-aircraft missile launchers and highly mobile vehicles. This report addresses the feasibility of developing a long-range infrared imaging sensor for satisfying such requirements.