IRCM Techniques Laboratory

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FLC Region

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4555 Overlook Avenue S.W.
Washington

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202-767-3083

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FUNCTION: Assists the Navy and Marine Corps in the development of infrared countermeasure (IRCM) technologies and techniques for Fleet aircraft protection. Specifically, determines requirements for IRCM techniques to defeat infrared threats, imaging and reticle-based surface-to-air and air-to-air IR missiles, and forward-looking infrared (FLIR) devices. IRCM technologies and techniques include sensor damage, coherent and incoherent jamming, and expendable flares.

DESCRIPTION: The IRCM Techniques Laboratory performs open-loop hardware testing of "real" missile/sensor threat seekers as well as all-digital missile modeling and simulation analysis to determine countermeasure requirements to defeat the IR threat. The laboratory provides a comprehensive testbed for all types of IR countermeasures against a variety of IR threats. The facility includes advanced countermeasure sources for testing directed IRCM/advanced threat IRCM (DIRCM/ATIRCM) systems and a two-color multiflare/expendable hardware simulator for testing advanced expendable techniques against multispectral threats. The laboratory also has an extensive modeling and simulation capability for testing IRCM against both reticle-based and IR focal plane array based missile seekers.

INSTRUMENTATION:Two open-loop rate tables for IRCM testing of reticle and imaging IR seekers; A 64-channel analog data acquisition system; Three multiprocessor simulation workstations- SPARC, ALPHA, and MIPS machines; One SGI 8-processor simulation supercomputer.

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