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Optical Correlation Seeker,
ARMY MISSILE COMMAND REDSTONE ARSENAL AL RESEARCH DIRECTORATE
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A super-smart weapon which outperforms our smart weapons just going into the field, yet is much cheaper than those current systems It sounds like the answer to the Armys prayer for a method to cope with a dramatically increasing threat. We think we have demonstrated the key ingredients of such a system, through the marriage of a long-term fundamental effort at the Missile Command, significant industrial developments, and recognition of how this developing technology can pay off for the Army. Through the application of some recent existing developments in optical data processing, we can now propose to build a seeker which recognizes a tank by its image, homes on it, and destroys it. The seeker autonomously detects and locks on the target, provides guidance signals, reacquires if the target is lost, and retargets if necessary. The sensor will fit in a submissile, weigh under a pound, consume less than a watt of power, and possibly even cost under 100
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