An Electro-optic Air Target Identification System

Period of Performance: 01/01/1988 - 12/31/1988

$720K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

American Electronics, Inc.
9332 ANNAPOLIS ROAD
Lanham, MD 20706
Principal Investigator

Abstract

IN PHASE I, AMELEX DEMONSTRATED THE FEASIBILITY OF USING VISUAL DATA FROM THE TELEVISION CAMERA SYSTEM (TCS) AND OTHER SYSTEMS CURRENTLY MOUNTED ON NAVY F-14s TO AUTOMATICALLY IDENTIFY NON-COOPERATIVE AIR TARGETS. PHASE II WILL ENTAIL IMPLEMENTATION OF THIS TECHNIQUE IN A PROTOTYPE SYSTEM WHICH WILL PERFORM THE FOLLOWING TASKS IN NEAR-REALTIME. IDENTIFY AIR TARGETS USING TAPED DATA TAKEN OF ACTUAL AIRCRAFT; DETECT, TRACK AND IDENTIFY AIR TARGETS USING REAL-TIME DATA PROVIDED BY AN INTEGRAL CCTV CAMERA. THE BASIC SYSTEM WILL BE PASSIVE, REQUIRING ONLY EO DATA, BUT WILL ALSO HAVE AN ACTIVE MODE IN WHICH RADAR AND IFF DATA ARE FUSED WITH THE EO DATA. THE PROTOTYPE WILL BE TRANSPORTABLE TO FACILITATE FIELD TESTING, AND WILL EMPLOY BOTH OFF-THE-SHELF AND CUSTOM BUILD HARDWARE.