Target and Background Signature Test Program.
VOUGHT CORP STERLING HEIGHTS MICH MICHIGAN DIV
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The objectives of this program were to a design and fabricate the necessary hardware, and b conduct a test program to obtain the infrared signature data characteristics of various targets and backgrounds. The data were obtained through the use of different types of infrared seekers andor sensors from the overhead aspect employing a U.S. Army UH-1 type helicopter. Subsequent analysis of the data determined the characteristic signatures of the various targets and backgrounds from the vertical hemisphere. The program was a joint effort between the Vought Corporation Michigan Division, the U.S. Army Missile Command MICOM, and the U.S. Army Tank and Automotive Command TACOM. Testing was divided into two phases that were arranged to address various environmental aspects pertaining to various ground terrains, geographical locations, and climatic and seasonal characteristics of the target and background signatures. The two phases were a Southern phase - These tests were conducted at Redstone Arsenal, Alabama in the September - October timeframe. b Northern phase - These tests were conducted at Grayling, Michigan in January. The southern test series yielded data against a medium temperature, cool grassy field background while the northern test series provided data obtained against a severe wintersnow background.
- Air- and Space-Launched Guided Missiles
- Infrared Detection and Detectors