Company : Air Target Sweden

Category : Army

Subcategory : Training and Simulation

Key Products : Mini Marque AS204, Marque19, Data transmission

Air Target is a well known scoring specialist since 1956. The acoustical scoring products have been delivered to customers in more than 30 countries all over the world. Acoustical scoring is a method to measure the miss distance between a supersonic projectile or missile and a target. The scoring system can also be used to check/verify the weapon fire control system.

The range of products include: the Mini Marque 8.4”, VDU-12 and Marque scoring stations, Miss Distance Indicators (MDIs), various support and test units, sleeve targets, and target towing winches.

Train More Efficiently And Save Money

New scoring stations and MDIs make firing training more flexible and more realistic which is important in modern firing training. By using acoustical scoring equipment one can save money by reducing ammunition consumption and training time whilst allowing gunners and the weapon system operators get more efficient training.

Calculating Projectile Miss Distance

The shock wave generated by a passing supersonic projectile or missile is detected by an array of pressure sensors installed on or close to the target. The amplitude and the time differences between the different sensors are used to calculate the shortest distance between the target and the projectile (the miss distance), and in what angular position (sector) the projectile passed. The scoring data are presented in real time on a color graphic computer display. Data transmission between MDI and Scoring Station is via a radio link.

Gunnery Training With Acoustical Scoring

Scoring gives the gunner and the weapon system operator real time information in the virtual “scoring board”. This information gives a picture of each round “hitting” the “scoring board”. The angular position of the score as well as a score too far off can immediately guide the gunner to improve his direction of fire. The improved results can be verified as they appear on the “scoring board”.

Firing Situations

Acoustical scoring is useful for calibers from 5.56 to 5” and above and missiles (rounds need to be supersonic in the target area). Acoustical scoring can be used for all firing situations, i.e. Air to Air, Air to Ground, Ground to Air, Ground to Ground, and the corresponding naval applications.

Scoring Stations

The Mini Marque 8.4”, VDU-12 and Marque scoring stations are used for the collection, calculation, and presentation of real time firing results from up to six targets simultaneously. The software is based on Windows including a data base. Features include: Up to 40 m scoring range; Up to 6000 rounds/minute scoring rate.

Miss Distance Indicators (MDIs)

The universal 12-sector MDI gives the possibility to fire at a target coming from any direction. The target towing operator/UAV operator can offer any target courses during the same mission. Other models for all type of targets and UAVs are available as well, i.e. vector, 4-sector and zone MDI models.

Other Related Products

The Uplink Command unit (UCU) is used to remotely change the MDI frequency and sensitivity. Other related products includes test equipment to test the complete scoring system, sleeve targets, which are soft targets for various applications (radar and laser), and inboard target towing winches.

Customization Of Acoustical Scoring Systems

Customization of our products to the customer´s requirements is one of our specialties.

Scoring station VDU-12

Visual Display Unit

The Visual Display Unit VDU-12 is a computerized scoring station for collection, calculation and presentation of real time firing results obtained from the universal 12-sector Miss Distance Indicators. The VDU-12 scoring station is easily hand carried, and therefore very suitable for regular training. As an option the VDU-12 can handle scoring data from up to six targets simultaneously.

The VDU-12 scoring station presents scoring results, i.e. the miss distance and sector/angular position of each round on a 12,1” touch TFT/LED color display. Salvo center, mean miss distance, and number of rounds of each firing are all part of the presentation. The firing result is also presented in a tabulated form. The complete scoring result can be printed on a USB printer supplied by Air Target. The VDU-12 is operated via big size touch screen buttons, i.e. all settings and commands are done via these buttons for easy operation in jumpy conditions. The VDU-12 has a built in test station to be used when adjusting the microphone/sensor sensitivity and to check the MDI function by means of the Portable Bang Unit PBU.

The VDU-12 is operated from 10-36 V DC. An external AC/DC power supply is part of the VDU-12. The scoring results are compensated for target speed and altitude as well as firing situation angles, to give the real miss distance.  The data needed for this can be entered  manually or be included in ten different preprogrammed  mission profiles, from which one quickly is selected in Program mode prior to firing. The computer memory also contains ballistic and calibration data for the most common calibers. The VDU-12 software is based on Windows 7.

Scoring softwarefor all firing situations are available, i.e. for Ground/Surface to Air, (GTA/STA), Air to Air (ATA), Surface to Surface (STS), Ground to Ground (GTG) etc. All data recorded during a mission will be stored in the computer memory, i.e. in its data base.  Thedata for a specific firing situation can after the mission be recalculated with later received parameters for a more accurate firing result. The VDU-12 scoring station can also be remotely operated via a network from an external PC. The VDU-12 has ruggedized aluminum cast IP-65 housing. The connectors are located on the rear connector panel.

Scoring station Marque 19

Ground based Scoring Station

The Marque scoring station is a computerized scoring station for collection, calculation and   presentation of real time firing results from up to six targets simultaneously. The Marque Windows 7 based software gives the user an excellent tool for quick and easy  operation, and for setting up parameters for  the most accurate results. Parameters used for an accurate calculation are the target mission profile and ballistic and calibration data for the selected caliber.

The Marque scoring station presents the salvo result graphically in three zones and up to 12 sectors together with mean miss distance, salvo center, and number of rounds. As a complement to the graphical presentation of the salvo, the salvo result can be given in tabular form, i.e. all scored rounds are listed each with miss distance, sector and relative time. The presentations done on the color screen can also be printed in full detail on a printer. All salvos are stored on an internal hard disk in a database.

The result from a specific firing situation can be recalculated with parameters received later to get a more accurate firing result. The database gives a unique possibility with many search criteria. These can as an example be; target  no., name of gunner, name of firing unit,  run no., caliber, start date, end date, type of exercise etc. This feature gives the possibility to see statistical improvements or degradation in firing results over time.

The Marque scoring station is operated from the mouse and keyboard. All electrical connectors are located and well protected in the rear connector recess. The Marque scoring station can for example be connected to multi muzzle microphones, remote displays and a remote monitor. All of Air Target´s miss distance indicators can be used, including the latest universal model which allows firings from all coming directions.

MDI AS-113/12U

Miss distance indicator MDI

MDI model for UAVs


The universal 12-sector Miss Distance Indicator MDI AS-113/12U is intended to be installed in UAVs  (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The MDI is a universal type, i.e. it handles all target courses relative the firing gun or missile, i.e. all types of attacking and passing target courses. The 12-sector MDI AS-113/12U detects acoustically the shock wave generated by the passing supersonic projectile. The miss distance is determined by the amplitude of the shock wave while the angular position (sector) is determined from the hit order between the indicator´s different pressure sensors.

The miss distance and sector of the projectiles are measured in real time and transmitted as raw data via the special designed VHF/UHF transmitter to the scoring station. Since raw data is used, all calculations are made in the scoring station. A recalculation of the scoring result, with later more accurate parameters, can easily be made in the scoring station for further improved accuracy.

The MDI consists of two Small Microphone Clusters SMC-3/left and right (to be installed at the wing tips), a Target Unit Processor TUP-23 (to be installed in the target body), cables and an antenna.  Several antenna types areavailable to fit the most common UAVs on the market. The MDI is powered from a rechargeable battery which is housed in the TUP-23. The TUP-23 unit is waterproof. Air Target´s products can very easily be modified to meet our customer´s requirements.

MDI AS-131/12U

Acoustic miss distance indicator

Universal sleeve target MDI


The AS-131/12U is an universal 12-sector miss distance indicator (MDI) is intended to be used with sleeve/banner targets, or to be installed in the nose of a hard/stiff target. The MDI is designed for simultaneous indication of miss distance and the angular position in 12 sectors of a passing   supersonic projectile. The MDI is a universal type, i.e. it handles all target courses relative the firing gun or missile, i.e. all types of attacking and passing courses.

The MDI consists of a microphone nose containing six pressure sensors,  and a  cylindrical body containing the  electronics, the  transmitter, and a  rechargeable NIMH  accumulator. The miss distance indicator AS-131 detects acoustically the shock wave generated by the passing supersonic projectile. The miss distance is determined by the amplitude of the shock wave while the angular position is determined from the hit order between the different pressure sensors in the MDI nose. The miss distance and the angular position of the projectiles are measured in real time and the data is transmitted as raw data signals via the special designed transmitter to the scoring station.

Since raw data is used, all calculations are made in the scoring station. A recalculation of the scoring result, with later more accurate parameters, can easily be made in the scoring station for further improved accuracy.

MDI AS-133/12U

Miss distance indicator for stiff targets

Universal MDI


The universal 12-sector Miss Distance Indicator MDI AS-133/12U is intended to be installed in hard targets and UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles). The MDI is a universal type, i.e. it handles all target courses relative the firing gun or missile, i.e. all types of attacking and passing courses. The 12-sector MDI AS-133/12U detects acoustically the shock wave generated by the passing supersonic projectile. The miss distance is determined by the amplitude of the shock wave while the angular position is determined from the hit order between the indicator´s different pressure sensors.

The miss distance and angular position of the projectiles are measured in real time and the data is transmitted as raw data signals via the special designed VHF/UHF transmitter to the scoring station. Since raw data is used, all calculations are made in the scoring station. A recalculation of the scoring result, with later more accurate parameters, can easily be made in the scoring station for further improved accuracy.

The MDI consists of a microphone nose, a transpulse unit, cables and an antenna. Several antenna types are available to fit the most common targets or UAVs on the market. The MDI is powered from a rechargeable battery which is housed in the tranpulse unit. The transpulse unit is waterproof. Hayes TRX-2 and Southwest Aerospace TDK-39 are examples of targets where the MDI AS-133/12U has been installed in. Air Target´s products can very easily be modified to meet our customers´ requirements.

MDI AS-134/12U

MDI for target drones

MDI for hard targets


The MDI model AS-134/12U is designed to be installed in target drones or hard targets. The universal MDI can very easily be modified to fit all target drones or hard targets available on the market. The MDI is intended for all target courses, i.e. it is possible to fire at a target coming from any direction. The MDI measures the miss distance and angular position in 12-sectors of a passing supersonic projectile. The MDI detects acoustically the shock wave generated by a supersonic projectile. The miss distance is determined by the amplitude of the shock wave while the angular position is determined from the time information from the hit order of the indicator´s six pressure sensors.

The miss distance and angular position of the projectiles are measured in real time and the data is transmitted as raw data signals via the special designed VHF/UHF transmitter to the scoring station. Since raw data is used, all calculations are made in the scoring station. A recalculation of the scoring result, with later more accurate parameters, can easily be made in the scoring station for further improved accuracy. The MDI consists of a microphone unit containing six pressure sensors, a transpulse unit, antenna and cables. The microphone unit is mounted in between the drone/hard target nose and its body. The diameter of the microphone unit is adapted to the diameter of the target.

The MDI is powered from its internal rechargeable battery, but can be powered externally. The transpulse unit is waterproof.  The antenna which is mounted on the drone/hard target fuselage will ensure safe transmission.

MDI AS-135/12U

General universal miss distance indicator

General universal MDI


The MDI model AS-135/12U is designed to be installed in target drones or hard targets. The universal MDI can very easily be modified to fit all type of targets drones available on the market. The MDI is intended for all target courses, i.e. it is possible to fire at a target coming from any direction. The MDI measures the miss distance and angular position in 12-sectors of a passing supersonic projectile. The MDI detects acoustically the shock wave generated by a supersonic projectile. The miss distance is determined by the amplitude of the shock wave while the angular position is determined from the time information from the hit order of the indicator´s six pressure sensors.

The miss distance and angular position of the projectiles are measured in real time and the data is transmitted as raw data signals via the special designed VHF/UHF transmitter to the scoring station. Since raw data is used, all calculations are made in the scoring station. A recalculation of the scoring result, with later more accurate parameters, can easily be made in the scoring station for further improved accuracy. The MDI consists of six separate pressure sensors (microphone units), a Target Unit Processor TUP-16, antenna and cables. The shape of the microphone housing is made to fit the inner diameter of the target body.

The MDI is powered from its internal rechargeable battery, but can be powered externally. The Target Unit Processor TUP-16 is waterproof. The antenna which is mounted on the drone/hard target fuselage will ensure safe transmission. Hayes TRX-2, Dornier SK-6 and SCRAB I & II are examples of targets/drones where the MDI AS-135/12U has been installed in.

LOMAH

Lomah target system

Lomah acoustic systems


The LOMAH SASS-4/9 is a calibration free acoustic scoring system. The scoring algorithm depends on precise measurement of the Mach cone time of arrival in 4 pressure transducers. It is capable of scoring all supersonic caliber sizes. The use of a scoring system will increase the throughput and make the validation of the gunners efficient and cost effective. One basic SASS unit comprises of one Beam Sensor Unit (BSU-4/9), one Target Processor Unit (TPU-2), a set of cables, and the Visual Display Unit (VDU-1). The Beam Sensor Unit BSU-4/9 is placed below and in front of the target. The Target Processor Unit TPU-2 is connected via a cable to the BSU-4/9.

The VDU-1 is connected to the TPU-2 via a cable. The VDU-1 and TPU-2 are supplied from 12 VDC or can, as an option, be supplied from 110/230 VAC. The firing result is presented on a Visual Display Unit (VDU-1) placed close to the gunner. Several target figures are available such as half- and full-size soldier figures, or a ten ring standard target. The firing result, i.e., salvo center, standard deviation, tabulated rounds, points etc., are presented on the VDU-1. Lane/Target and target (TPU-2) status are also presented. The firing result can be printed as well. A sun protection hood covers the VDU-1 TFT display. Up to 10 ea. lanes each containing several SASS units can be connected to a Range Office Presentation Unit (ROPU) for presentation of the firing result.

The ROPU is an excellent tool to monitor all targets at the shooting range, and has an accuracy of +/- 10 mm at a distance of around 1,200 m. It uses several sensors to accomplish its task. Areas of application: firing range and combat soldier training SASS-4/9; Tank Target Scoring System (TTSS-4/9); all types of static & moving targets including pop-up targets; aircraft firing against ground targets ATG.

Mini Marque 8.4”

Scoring station Mini Marque 8.4”

The Mini Marque scoring station is a computerized scoring station for collection, calculation and  presentation of real time firing results obtained from the universal 12-sector Miss Distance Indicators.  The Mini Marque scoring station is easily hand carried, and therefore very suitable for regular training.

As an option the Mini Marque canhandle scoring data from up to six targets simultaneously. The Mini Marque scoring station presents scoring results, i.e. the miss distance and  sector of each round is presented on a 8.4” TFT/LED touch screen color display. Salvo center, mean miss distance, and number of rounds of each firing are all part of the presentation. The firing result is also presented in a tabulated form. The complete scoring result can be printed on a printer as well.

The Mini Marque is operated via the touch screen buttons, i.e. all settings and commands are done via these buttons for easy operation. The scoring result is compensated for target speed, altitude, and as well as firing situation angles, this to be able to calculate the real miss distance.  The data needed for this is entered manually via the touch screen. The computer memory also contains ballistic and calibration data for the most common calibers.

The Mini Marque software is based on Windows 7 with a data base. All data recorded during a mission will be stored in the computer memory.  The data for a specific firing situation can be recalculated with later received parameters for a more accurate firing result. The stored data can be downloaded to a USB memory stick for further analyzes on an external PC. Air Target supplies the necessary PC software for this feature. The Mini Marque scoring station can also be remotely operated via a network from an external PC. The connectors are located at the rear panel.

Contact Details

Air Target Sweden AB

Österögatan 1
SE-164 40 KISTA
Sweden
Phone: +46 8 730 22 33
Fax: +46 8 730 34 24
Email: info@airtarget.se
Website: www.airtarget.com

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