Airborne Infrared Countermeasures

ORION physicists and computer scientists are working to engineer, test, and field new systems to stay abreast of emerging threats. In particular, we have been responsible for the development of the two-color IR technology that underlies advanced sensor developments for both fixed wing and vertical flight aircraft at the Naval Research Laboratory. In 2007, ORION capped several years of design, development, and system integration efforts by successfully testing the Tactical Directed IR Countermeasures pod aboard an F/A-18, setting the stage for a full-scale production program. Meanwhile, ORION’s measurement group has been working in continuous data acquisition and analysis of blue/red/grey surface-to-air missile system signatures and assessment of the ability of both fielded and developmental systems to react optimally to these signals.


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