Air Force Tests Technology That Could Enable Smart Munitions to Visually Navigate to the Target

Air Force Tests Technology That Could Enable Smart Munitions to Visually Navigate to the Target image
January 16, 2016 | Source: John Keller, Military & Aerospace Electronics

EGLIN AIR FORCE BASE, Fla., 14 Jan. 2016. U.S. Air Force weapons experts are moving forward with a project to enable a smart munition to navigate its way visually to targets the way a commuter makes his way to work after having learned the route.

Officials of the Rapid Acquisition Cell of the Air Force Lifecycle Management Center at Eglin Air Force Base, Fla., announced an $11.6 million contract Wednesday to Scientific Systems Co. In. in Woburn, Mass., to demonstrate the company's ImageNav technology on the Small-Diameter Bomb (SDB).

Scientific Systems's ImageNav is a vision-based navigation and precision targeting system for cruise missiles and manned and unmanned aircraft. ImageNav compares a terrain database with the host platform's sensor to determine if it's on the correct course.