Trade-Off Analysis of Wavelengths for Tactical Electro-Optical Air-to-Ground Weapon Systems.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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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
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