Current infrared target acquisition approach for military sensor design and wargaming


The U.S. Army's infrared target acquisition models have been used for many years by the military sensor community, and there have been significant improvements to these models over the past few years. Significant improvements are the Target Task Performance (TTP) metric for all imaging sensors, the ACQUIRE-LC approach for low contrast infrared targets, and the development of discrimination criteria for the urban environment. This paper is intended to provide an overview of the current infrared target acquisition modeling approach. This paper will discuss recent advances and changes to the models and methodologies used to: (1) design and compare sensors, (2) predict expected target acquisition performance in the field, (3) predict target detection performance for combat simulations, (4) measure and characterize human operator performance in an operational environment (field performance), and (5) relate the models to target acquisition tasks and address targets that are relevant to urban operations. Finally, we present a catalog of discrimination criteria, characteristic dimensions, and target contrasts.

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Proceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering