Integration of Exterior Lighting Systems and Night Vision Imaging Systems
NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIV PATUXENT RIVER MD
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The use of Night Vision Imaging Systems NVIS by military aviators has had a major impact on the design and integration philosophy of interior and exterior lighting systems. The integration of NVIS exterior lighting systems to meet the associated mission requirements is in the early stages of development. Operational performance and military specification requirements have not been updated and established. This technical memorandum presents information and lessons learned from development, test, and evaluation DT and E support of the A-12 program and development of test procedures to evaluate exterior lighting systems. During the DT and E support of the A-12 program, major exterior lighting issues had to be resolved. This evolution generated experience associated with exterior lighting and NVIS performance requirements. The information presented is not all inclusive but contains information to be used for updating exterior lighting Military Specifications requirements and test procedures. The additional integration requirements and design considerations will improve the utility of NVIS thus improving aircraft combat survivability and performance for various mission requirements.
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft
- Optical Detection and Detectors