The Precision Imaging System (PIMS) Concept
Technical rept. (Final)
ARMY BALLISTIC RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The Precision Imaging System Concept PIMS is intended to increase the accuracy of direct-fire gun aiming systems, and simultaneously decrease the complexity and error associated with existing sighting systems. This system has the potential of simplifying the gunner task and reducing training requirements. In addition, this system has the potential to be extended to become the prime sensor for autotracking, passive ranging, image enhancement and surveillance C3I systems. This report reviews the theory of operation, the design of the optical subsystems, the high-speed image capture subsystem, the sight picture display subsystem, and the proof of principle tests of the PIMS concept. In addition, critical aspects of the technology and production base relevant to a fieldable system and extended applications are discussed. Keywords Fire control, Sighting, Electrooptical imaging, Tank guns.
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