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Electro-optics in Desert Storm

Three basic technologies provided the operational capability observed on nightly television news: the image intensifier devices operating in the visible and near infrared spectrum, thermal devices operating in the 8-12 μm spectral band, and laser devices. It was a great surprise to many that, in general, these systems operated trouble free. Most of the articles about Desert Storm have emphasized the successful impact of fielded systems. Here we would like to highlight some of the problems that arose and the short term electro-optic solutions found to those problems.

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