The MSH missile Warner operates in the solar-blind UV spectrum to pick the ultraviolet missile plume
, while the laser detector looks for emissions from laser guidance systems.
The Airborne Laser tested its battle management system and its tracking laser system against a simulated missile -- a KC-135 dubbed "Big Crow" that was equipped with infrared heat lamps to simulate a missile plume
The improved Damien provides missile-warning alerts with a very low false-alarm rate and continues to provide warning information even after the missile plume
military transports have a directional IR countermeasure system, which can detect a missile plume
, track the incoming threat and send a modulated beam of IR energy to the missile seeker, jamming the guidance signal and veering the weapon off course.
Baringa is a handheld unit that accurately simulates missile plume
signatures to stimulate aircraft missile warning systems while in operational mode, allowing air crews to perform thorough go/no-go missile warning system testing.
5 seconds, which is less than half of others in that class--the MPCV can engage targets coming from the same direction with a launch interval of three seconds between missiles, without the risk of the heat-seeking sensor locking onto the previous missile plume
Then the IR camera picks up the threat via its missile plume
, providing the targeting data for fine-point aiming of the jamming energy, which is a modulated waveform designed to jam a range of IR-seeker types.
Special infrared sensors which can detect a missile plume
will be installed on the fuselage of the 747s.
The IRST targeting information is handed off to the Beam Control/Fire Control (BC/FC) system where a high-resolution passive infrared sensor precisely locates the missile plume
and provides the fine track to an active illuminator laser.
A missile threat simulator must be able to adequately represent the observed characteristics of the hot missile plume
in the spectral band(s) of interest.
The two-color [sensor] allows the missile plume
to be distinguished spectrally from the solar glints and clutter," Taylor said.
The UV systems are considered to be poor choices in heavy-ozone urban environments, where fundamental absorption factors reduce to almost nothing the received signal from the missile plume