Laser Warning Receiver,
NATIONAL AIR INTELLIGENCE CENTER WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH
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In the last 20 years, the applications of lasers in military affairs have grown wider by the day. Laser range finding causes the first round hit probability for guns to very, very greatly increase. Laser guidance then increases in an extremely large way weapon launch precisions and hit probabilities. Cost benefit ratios are very high. The combat power of U.S. military forces has already improved an order of magnitude relying on these small energy laser systems. How should fire control systems having laser range finding and laser guided weapons systems be handled This simply requires timely discovery of the laser operations of the hostile side. Laser warning receivers are the basic materiel for implementing laser countermeasures. Their role is to detect in a timely and accurate manner enemy laser range finders, laser radiation emited from such things as target indicators, laser beam guidance illumination devices, and so on, to send out warnings, and to make notification of certain types of weapons of a threatening nature for example, artillery shells, bombs, or missiles having a possibility of coming in immediately, in order to facilitate the adoption in a timely manner of friendly emergency measures, or evasion, or the laying of smoke screen aersols to protect themselves, or to notify associated weapons systems for example, guns or laser blinding weapons, and so forth to implement countermeasures. As a result, laser warning receivers are very significant with regard to effectively protecting oneself and destroying the enemy on the battlefield.
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