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IR Camera Passes Antimissile Test

Photonics Spectra
Dec 1997
The UK's Ministry of Defence recently conducted a round of tests on an infrared-based system designed to protect aircraft from heat-seeking missiles. Developed by Northrop Grumman Corp., the Directed Infrared Countermeasures System detects possible threats by maintaining a beam of infrared energy on targeted missiles. The system then determines whether the missile poses a threat, warns air crews and activates arc-lamp-based countermeasures. Engineers at Northrop hope to integrate a laser into the infrared system in future tests.

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