It powers some 40 various pieces of equipment, including radios, laser designators
and surveillance cameras, Mr.
Precise targeting, which laser designators
afford, helps reduce fratricide and civilian casualties, which are two hazards when fighting in urban environments.
Less portable, the Northrop Lightweight Laser Designator
Rangefinder (LLDR) has an overall weight of 16 kg, and is made of two major sub-assemblies, the target locator module (TLM) weighing 5.
But it's like the old Predator story I've told many times that the minute you turn your back on it, they're going to take the laser designator
off the Predator or they're going to take the Hellfire off the Predator, because it wasn't in the program.
Finally, Product Manager Sensors and Lasers is developing an ultra-lightweight laser designator
to reduce the weight of a designating module to less than five pounds.
The big issue was low collateral damage," recalls John Miller, director of ground systems at Northrop Grumman, A laser seeker projected by a lightweight laser designator
rangefinder made the Viper Strike a precision weapon, he says.
We have systems over in Iraq right now where we take the laser designator
pods off of F-15 Es and F-16s, off of Marine Harriers, and we link that video directly to the ground.
So I said, let's put a laser designator
on the Predator UAV.
The AT pod features advanced image processing for target identification and coordinate generation; forward-looking infrared sensor; charge-coupled device television sensors; laser spot tracker/range finder; infrared laser marker; and an infrared laser designator
7 million contract for laser designator
kits, which will be integrated onto the Army's and Marine Corps' Shadow Tactical Unmanned Aircraft Systems.
This research report segments the market on the basis of application in defense & homeland security, such as laser range finder - LRF, laser designator
, LiDAR, 3D scanning, directed energy weapons, laser sights, ring laser gyro, laser altimeters, and product type such as solid state laser, fiber laser, laser cutter, laser diode (APD - Avalanche photo diode), CO2 and usage of eye safe lasers.
The LRAS3 program also produces a specialized system variant known as the Fire Support Sensor System (FS3) featuring a modular laser designator
that is integrated on the LRAS3.