Optical Processing of MMW for Agile Beamsteering and Beamforming
Final rept. 2 Jul 1993-2 Jan 1994
PHYSICAL OPTICS CORP TORRANCE CA RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT DIV
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There is little doubt than an electronically steered, stationary scanning antenna offers significant advantages over any gimbaled installation, especially for tactical missile seekers. A scanning phased array antenna reduces the demands on space and power and makes better use of the space available. It is widely believed that the millimeter wave MMW band W-band is the region of the RF spectrum which provides the best angular resolution. In fact, MMW sensor and seeker technologies have made significant advances in recent years, demonstrating their suitability for autonomous adverse weather, battlefield, and smart munition applications. Moreover, only the use of the W-band can produce an active seeker with imaging capability for on-board target identification.
- Air- and Space-Launched Guided Missiles
- Infrared Detection and Detectors
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment