2 Micron Laser System for Next Generation Tactical Engagement Simulation(TES) System System

Period of Performance: 06/03/1994 - 12/03/1995

$372K

Phase 2 SBIR

Recipient Firm

Schwartz Electro-optics, Inc.
3404 N. Orange Blossom Trail
Orlando, FL 32804
Principal Investigator

Research Topics

Abstract

Results of our phase I contract verified that lasers operating in the 2 micron region offer's significant advantages over standard MILES lasers operating at 0.904 microns in penetrating battlefield obscurants. Advances in the development of 2 micron solid-state laser technology project that this technology is the best solution to current and next generation TES for operation in obscured battle conditions. This technology should prove to be substantially smaller, lighter, less power consuming, more reliable, have lower life cycle costs, and less expensive all around than alternative solutions based on CO2 lasers or millimeter wave (MMW) RF systems. The 0.904 micron wavelength of MILES laser engagement equipment has almost no tolerance to obscurants. Current CO2 laser based weapon simulation systems cannot operate readily within the communication constraints of current MILES equipment which also adds to interest in 2 micron systems which will provide more compatibility with existing equipment. These factors have greatly limited weapons and tactics training in the past. The objective of this proposed effort is to design , fabricate, evaluate and test a TES operating in the 2 micron region. The approach will be to convert an SEO Advanced MILES TES to approximately 2 micron operation using a commerically available diode laser that will be small enough to fit on small arms. The system will employ a 2 micron target system that interfaces with current MILES-type dtection and RTCA systems.