Accession Number : ADP001085

Title :   VATT (Video Automatic Target Tracker) - The Gunner's 'Invisible' Aid,

Corporate Author : NORTHROP CORP ANAHEIM CA ELECTRO-MECHANICAL DIV

Personal Author(s) : Wes,J. A.

Report Date : OCT 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 10

Abstract : The Video Automatic Target Tracker integrates with modern vehicular fire control systems to aid the tank gunner in achieving improved accuracy with reduced workload. It is a digital edge-based-correlation tracker that automatically drives a stabilized line of sight to follow an operator selected target. The acquisition and tracking modes have been carefully matched to current Ml fire control procedures, utilizing the existing gunner's switches. Thus, manual operations with the tracker are identical to existing manual procedures, which allows the tracker to appear 'invisible' to the gunner. Discussion on tracker design, fire control system integration and operation, and laboratory and field test results is presented, including video tape excerpts from testing.

Descriptors :   *Control theory, *Weapon systems, *Symposia, *Fire control systems, Automatic tracking, Display systems, Tanks(Combat Vehicles), Stabilization systems, Line of sight, Accuracy

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE