Accession Number : ADA195937

Title :   Common Modules: A Success Story.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 1971-1986,

Corporate Author : CENTER FOR NIGHT VISION AND ELECTRO-OPTICS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : Morrow, Walter B , Jr

PDF Url : ADA195937

Report Date : Jun 1988

Pagination or Media Count : 21

Abstract : During the late 1960s and early 1970s, the US military found far-infrared or thermal imaging systems very useful as night vision devices because of ready application as troop-carried, combat vehicle-mounted, and aircraft-mounted systems. The rapid proliferation of applications posed a serious financial problem, yet clearly solved critical needs. The development and acquisition process for each system's development, purchase, and maintenance was both lengthy and expensive. Therefore, an investigative committee was formed in 1971 within the Center for Night Vision and Electro-Optics to analyze the problems and develop the design concept for Common Modules. This report focuses on the detector modules and develops cost benefits accrued to date and expected to accrue in the Army's future as a result of common module development and implementation. Keywords include: Thermal imaging system (TIS); Multi-purpose infrared system (MIRS); detector/dewar; and Common module detector program. (RH)

Descriptors :   *DETECTORS, *INFRARED EQUIPMENT, *MODULAR CONSTRUCTION, *MODULES(ELECTRONICS), *NIGHT VISION DEVICES, ACQUISITION, COST EFFECTIVENESS, FINANCE, INFRARED IMAGES, MOUNTS, MULTIPURPOSE, NIGHT VISION, NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, VEHICLES, WARFARE

Subject Categories : Infrared Detection and Detectors

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE