Accession Number:

ADA094813

Title:

Trade-Off Analysis of Wavelengths for Tactical Electro-Optical Air-to-Ground Weapon Systems.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1980-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

80.0

Abstract:

A trade-off analysis was conducted for NdYAG, CO2, and millimeter wave 90 GHz systems to determine which has the greatest potential for the next generation, electro-optical tactical weapon system for the Air Force. State-of-the-art performance parameters were used for each of the candidate systems. Also, inherent wavelength-dependent factors were established by the selection of the Eastern European scenario as the theoretical engagement theater. By using utility theory, trade-off analysis was performed on the basis of individual system figures-of-merit. The analysis showed that, for the air-to-ground delivery of point-tracking weapons, the CO2 system has the highest utility, followed by the NdYAG system. The millimeter wave system exhibits very poor utility because of its large beam divergence. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE