TSC has developed and demonstrated infrared (IR) and ultraviolet (UV) missile signature simulators, directional infrared countermeasures (DIRCM) monitors, and related components for hardware-in-the-loop (HITL), installed system test facility (ISTF), and open-air range (OAR) applications. The following are some examples:
- The IR/UV Source Stimulator (IRUSS) system developed for the Benefield Anechoic Facility (ISTF) at Edwards AFB consists of computer-controlled IR and UV point sources that simulate the spectral, temporal, and spatial characteristics of surface-to-air and air-to-air threat missiles. Spatial simulation is accomplished by coupling the output of an IR/UV source via fiber optic cable to a computer-controlled motion rail system.
- The IR Simulator and Target Array (ISTAR) system was developed for the Electronic Combat Range (OAR) at the Naval Air Warfare Center, China Lake. The IR Simulator consists of ten trailer-based liquid-propane flame sources that are configured and sequentially operated to simulate surface-to-air missile signatures. Target or detector arrays are mounted in front of the sources for declaration and monitoring of the DIRCM beam and verification of the DIRCM waveform. IR bands I, II, and IV are monitored simultaneously at a 100 kHz sampling rate, with real-time data processing utilizing Field Programmable Gate Array technology. The IR Simulator sources can be remotely controlled via an RF modem communication system (> 2 km range).
- A computer-controlled Multi-Color Filter System for the IR Simulation (HITL) at the Air Force Electronic Warfare Evaluation Simulator facility in Fort Worth, Texas. The multi-color filter system is used to dynamically shape the spectral output of xenon lamps used to simulate aircraft and flare countermeasures signatures.
- A compact infrared detector array for monitoring of DIRCM performance at the Air Combat Environment Test and Evaluation Facility (ISTF), Naval Air Warfare Center, Patuxent River.
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For more information please download the Infrared Ultraviolet Simulators and Related Systems Fact Sheet (PDF)