EO/IR Systems Research, Development, Test, and Evaluation

Helping the Military Execute its Missions; Saving Lives

Approximately half, if not more, of aircraft lost in combat since the early 1970s can be attributed to infrared- (IR-) guided missiles. Dynetics provides extensive engineering services in research, development, testing, and evaluation (RDT&E) for electro-optical and infrared (EO/IR) systems, addressing an ongoing critical need within the Department of Defense (DoD).

This work will help the military execute its missions worldwide and ultimately save lives, making a real difference in our nation's defense.

Dynetics' engineering services are of unsurpassed quality and span all areas of RDT&E. Our well-balanced staff combines engineers and analysts who have decades of experience with the best engineering talent produced by the top engineering institutes in America and a strong cadré of mid-level engineers. This staff has proven itself numerous times in solving tough problems for customers across the full breadth of the DoD.

Dynetics' Support for Tactical Applications

Dynetics has supported EO/IR RDT&E for tactical applications such as the IR-guided JAVELIN missile system; missile defense applications such as the Theater High-Altitude Area Defense (THAAD) system; Scientific and Technical Intelligence (S&TI) products for agencies such as the Missile & Space Intelligence Center (MSIC); and technology transition efforts such as the Uncooled Infrared Seeker for an Army Technology Objective (ATO).

While Dynetics has for 40 years addressed primarily military customers, our skills are well-suited toward all types of EO/IR problems such as those related to remote sensing, atmospheric research, and border security.

Image and Signal Processing

Dynetics has developed and expanded our skills in several key areas related to the use of EO/IR in military systems. We use image and signal processing methods for everything from routine signature reduction tasks to the development of advanced imaging auto-trackers.

With JAVELIN, for example, Dynetics staff played a key role in solving basic problems related to the imaging auto-tracker. This was done for the Army Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center (AMRDEC) tracker lab in which a full-up simulation of the prototype algorithms was exercised using both simulated and measured image data. Working alongside government and prime-contractor engineers, Dynetics analysts pinpointed problems and helped implement improvements to the image processing.

More recently, Dynetics has provided similar support in the area of countermeasures (CMs) against missile systems that threaten US rotorcraft. Dynetics works with employees of AMRDEC and Program Director, Aircraft Survivability Equipment (PD ASE) to evaluate capabilities of CMs against EO/IR-guided missiles which have killed many coalition personnel in recent conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Dynetics TEAM Concept

The technical staff at Dynetics approaches EO/IR systems using the "TEAM" concept. "TEAM" stands for "Testing, Evaluation, Analysis, and Modeling." This concept combines the insight and real-world understanding that arises from using and testing EO/IR systems with a firm grasp of physical concepts and quantitative evaluation using models and simulations.

Application of this concept can be traced back to the support Dynetics provided to the US Army Missile Command during the development of the Advanced Anti-Armor Weapon System - Medium (AAWS-M), now known as JAVELIN.

Dynetics staff played a key role in JAVELIN starting in 1989. The need at this time was the baseline test that began the engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) for AAWS-M. In addition to establishing the maturity of the IR sensors, this test led to an improved appreciation for the effects of signature on target acquisition performance. Eventually, the experience gained through the AAWS-M testing fed directly into the Army's Target Acquisition Model Improvement Program (TAMIP).

Through this kind of synergy Dynetics staff has supported both testing and modeling, proving the benefits of the TEAM concept.

The results have helped the Army develop not only superior IR-guided missiles such as JAVELIN, but also improved methods of degrading the enemy's ability to detect US vehicles using IR sensors and seekers. These methods involve signature management and all types of CMs.

Dynetics engineers and scientists have the experience and the expertise to solve virtually any EO/IR problem and are especially adept at data collection and analysis. Supporting tests such as the baseline test for AAWS-M has continued at ranges on Redstone Arsenal, Eglin Air Force Base (AFB), White Sands Missile Range, and many other sites.

Dynetics has performed planning, operated sensors, evaluated performance, and characterized target signatures. Frequently, such tests are part of larger development programs supported by Dynetics, which lead to conclusions of why the results of the tests matter. So rather than just collecting "good" data, we are collecting the right data to solve the problem at hand.