Quiet Eyes

One of the neater joint programs to come out of the military recently, in my opinion, is “Quiet Eyes”, a joint initiative to develop small, lightweight infrared countermeasure systems for smaller military aircraft and helicopters. In terms of operations, it’s nothing groundbreaking, but what, I think, is really neat is that the hardware is built around the seeker assembly from the latest-generation AIM-9 Sidewinder missile. Quite the versatile little piece of hardware, huh? (Stories abound of the other fun uses a Sidewinder seeker can be used for – like finding your hot coffee in a crowded laboratory.) All the gritty details, such as they are, on “Quiet Eyes” and its companion program “Scorpion” (a laser countermeasure system) can be found in this Raytheon presentation (4.3MB PDF.)

Published in: General, Security | on August 22nd, 2007| Comments Off on Quiet Eyes

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