Deep Learning Techniques for Missile Seeker Automatic Target Recognition

Samuel Westlake
Modern infrared missiles use sophisticated computer vision techniques, in conjunction with imaging seekers, to automatically detect and localise targets. However, simulations show that soft-kill countermeasures remain an effective defence against such systems. This research explores the feasibility of deep learning algorithms for Automatic Target Recognition (ATR) and aim to significantly improve seeker performance in the presence of soft-kill countermeasures and clutter. State-of-the-art neural network architectures were benchmarked using both simulated and real-world infrared data. Their...
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