Optical Technology in Naval Applications

T.G. Giallorenzi

From the days of telescopes and optical range finders, optics has played a significant role in Naval operations. Modern-day applications include missile guidance, night vision devices, electro-optical surveillance and reconnaissance, and target designation- to name only a few. The Navy has always been a strong supporter of technology because of the sophistication of the aircraft, ships and satellites it uses in its day-to-day operations. In keeping with its emphasis on technology, the Navy conducts active research and development (R&D) programs focused on cutting-edge applications.

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