Abstract: A method and apparatus is described for boresighting the sighting systems ed with a 1.06 micrometer designator laser. The method enables boresighting visual direct view optics, TV, and forward looking infrared (FLIR) sights with respect to the laser itself, without the use of external targets. The laser beam is focused onto a refractory target in the boresight device, creating very briefly an incandescent hot spot which can be "seen" by all three sensors. The radiation from this hot spot is collimated by the boresight device optics and projected back into the sights exactly anti-parallel to the laser beam. By aligning the sight reticles with this hot spot, all three types of sights are aligned relative to the laser. Since the hot flash created by the laser energy is of such short duration, the alignment can be accomplished in flight where relative motion exists between the laser designator system and the boresight module. The apparatus disclosed includes a CO.sub.
July 24, 1981
Date of Patent:
December 27, 1983
The United States of America as represented by the Secretary of the Army