Accession Number : AD0750374

Title :   Application of Image Up-Conversion to Night Fire Control,

Corporate Author : FRANKFORD ARSENAL PHILADELPHIA PA

Personal Author(s) : Schmitz,Joseph A.

Report Date : 1972

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : Reports such as the U.S. Army ENSURE 78 RVN evaluation of the AN/AAQ-5 FLIR under actual combat conditions attest to the potential of far infrared imaging devices, in detecting, acquiring, and identifying targets at extended ranges. These systems, however, are not without their drawbacks; in particular, for the airborne case, their huge size and weight restricted aircraft performance and load carrying capacity; equipment and parts costs were high, unique operating environments were required for the FLIR detectors, and the systems proved to be unreliable and difficult to maintain. It was clear that more R and D would be required before lightweight, low cost and dependable FLIR systems could be fielded. Problems lead to the continued search for improvements in system concepts, designs and materials. Parametric Image-Up-Conversion is one such system concept which has recently generated considerable interest and, potentially, may prove to be a viable technique for developing an infrared imaging system free from many of the problems associated with FLIR. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*IMAGE INTENSIFIERS(ELECTRONICS), RELIABILITY(ELECTRONICS)), (*NIGHT WARFARE, *FIRE CONTROL SYSTEMS), CRYSTALS, BIREFRINGENCE, OPTICAL SCANNING, SEMICONDUCTOR DEVICES, MULTIPLEXING, LASERS, LOW LIGHT LEVELS

Subject Categories : Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
      Fire Control and Bombing Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE