Sep 27, 2022
In a new whitepaper, Teledyne FLIR Defense, part of Teledyne Technologies Incorporated (NYSE:TDY), explores the critical importance of precision fires to address capability gaps on the battlefield and engage a new generation of enemy threats. The whitepaper also examines game-changing Laser Target Designator (LTD) technology employed by Group 1 small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) that can resolve operating constraints, speed decision-making, and boost the mission success of precision strikes.
The paper, ‘The Proliferation of Precision Fires,’ discusses how every warfighter on the battlefield benefits from technology that enables them to call for fires anytime and in any environment. Precision fires rely upon the accurate delivery of precision guided munitions onto targets using a variety of methods. Options include laser or Global Positioning System (GPS) guidance systems as well as inertial navigation units embedded into the munition, any of which help deliver an effect to within several meters of a target, even at extended ranges.
The strategic importance of precision fires continues to be underlined by the ongoing war in Ukraine. Ukrainian Armed Forces have successfully deployed precision fires to destroy Russian positions and materiel while minimizing collateral damage to civilian populations and critical infrastructure.
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“Warfighters face a new generation of threats on today’s battlefield that require new capabilities to ensure ‘overmatch’ against near-peer adversaries,” said Dr. JihFen Lei, executive vice president and general manager of Teledyne FLIR Defense. “The ability to call and direct fires anytime, anywhere is crucial, and our whitepaper explores advanced laser target designator technologies that can enhance the effectiveness of precision fires.
“Recent advancements will enable units operating at the lowest tactical level to quickly setup a small UAS; attach an LTD; and then launch, find, and designate targets for laser-guided munitions from safer, stand-off positions,” Lei added.
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The paper concludes with a quote from U.S. Army Chief of Staff, General James McConville, who sums up the goals of the Pentagon’s approach to precision fires: “We don’t want to be indiscriminate when we conduct precision strikes and as we move to the future, we’re going to be using all types of sensors. We are going to have a lot of capability for long range fires and having people on the battlefield who can do that is going to be very important.”