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Active Electro-optic Sensing for Target identification and Tactical Applications

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Sensors & Electronics Technology

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2D Flash Imaging, 3D Imaging, Degraded Visual Environment, Digital Holography, Hostile Target Identification, Human Metrics, Laser RADAR


Under several preceding RTGs, NATO has advanced the State of the Art for 2D and 3D Active Imaging. These groups have contributed to NATO advances in active sensors, and the development of advanced discrminants for targeting and fire control. Over these many years, a wide variety of active imaging techniques and systems have been developed, such as scanning laser radar, 3D flash laser radar, 2D gated SWIR imaging, digital holography systems and vibration sensing. Additionally, these techniques or systems are applied to a wide variety of tactical applications, such as targeting and fire control, as input to ATR algorithms, and long range target ID. The recommendation of a 2012 ET (SET-ET-079) was to form an RTG to investigate these active-imaging challenges. In todayIs changing environment of asymetric warfare, the warfighter is faced with new and changing active imaaging requirements which must be considered. For instance, imagining systmes are being applied to a short-range, hight-resolution tasks such as facial recognition, and identifying if a human target is hostile or has just placed a roadside bomb or IED. Additionally, operations are routinely conducted in degraded visual environments, such as brown-out conditions which offer special chellenges for active imaging sensors.


The objective of this proposed RTG is to evaluate and compare a variety of active imaging sensors and their effectiveness in achieving military sensing requirements, including hostile target ID for personnel targets, human metrics, vehicle target ID, reconnaissance and surveillance, and imaging in degraded visual environments. Evaluations will be based on a clear set of metrics, such as range capability, resolution, frame rate, size, weight, etc. The panel will coordinate the activities of the member nations in the most recent sensor development and the tools and processes for utilization of active sensing data. A set of common metrics and LADAR evaluation procedures will be developed.


Active imaging sensors: scanning laser radar, 3D flash laser radar, 2D gated SWIR imaging, digital holography systems and vibration sensing and other active imaging sensors for use in tactical applications, such as personnel targeting, fire control, long range target ID, hostile target intent, human metrics, reconnaissance and surveillance, imaging in degraded visual environments and input to ATR algorithms.

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