A User Programmable Electro-optic Device for Testing Laser Seekers

  • Nakul Maini Amity University, Noida
  • Akul Sabharwal Amity University, Noida
  • Kshitij Sareen Amity University, Noida
  • Anindita Singh Amity University, Noida
  • Pradeep Kumar Amity University, Noida
Keywords: Field-of-view, functionality check, laser seeker, PRF code compatibility


Laser-guided munitions are weapons of great importance in the present day warfare scenario because of their precision and efficacy. Both weapon specific and generic test systems are commercially available to perform functionality checks on laser guided munitions. None of the designs reported in literature addresses the issues of universality of test systems and their ability to evaluate the device-under-test in actual battlefield scenario. This paper presents the design of an electro-optic device that offers significant improvement over the features of both commercial test systems as well as the designs reported in recent literature. The proposed design enables generation of user programmable laser signatures in terms of pulse repetition frequency (PRF) code, PRF code resolution and laser power density that allows testing in dynamic conditions not possible with the test systems in the state-of-the-art. The concept is hardware implemented and used to evaluate performance of a typical laser seeker. The seeker is tested for PRF code compatibility, immunity to false PRF codes, sensitivity, field-of-view and performance in dynamic conditions. The test results are also presented.

Defence Science Journal, Vol. 64, No. 1, January 2014, DOI:10.14429/dsj.64.4857

Author Biographies

Nakul Maini, Amity University, Noida
Mr Nakul Maini is an BTech (Electronics and Communication) from Amity University, Noida. He has authored and co-authored 10 publications in national and international magazines and peer reviewed journals. He is currently a Technical Editor Trainee in Wiley Publications.
Akul Sabharwal, Amity University, Noida
Mr Akul Sabharwal is an BTech (Electronics and Communication) from Amity University, Noida. He has co-authored two publications. He is currently a Design Engineer in Simmtronics Semiconductors Ltd.
Kshitij Sareen, Amity University, Noida
Mr Kshitij Sareen is an BTech (Electronics and Communication) from Amity University, Noida. He is currently preparing for admission to the post graduate program.
Anindita Singh, Amity University, Noida
Ms Anindita Singh is an BTech (Electronics and Communication) from Amity University, Noida. She is currently a Manager Public Relations in Universal Sompo General Insurance Company, Lucknow.
Pradeep Kumar, Amity University, Noida
Dr Pradeep Kumar has done his MSc from C.C.S. University Meerut, and the PhD from H. N. B. Garhwal University Srinagar Garhwal. He is currently a faculty in the Department of Electronics & Communication Engineering, ASET, Amity University, Noida.
How to Cite
Maini, N., Sabharwal, A., Sareen, K., Singh, A., & Kumar, P. (2014). A User Programmable Electro-optic Device for Testing Laser Seekers. Defence Science Journal, 64(1), 88-92. https://doi.org/10.14429/dsj.64.4857
Electronics & Communication Systems