Artillery electronic goniometer (AEG) is designed to:
- provide data on land targets in day time at distances defined by the range of laser range finder RLD M93 which is an integral part of AEG;
- provide data on land targets at night at distances defined by the range of optionally attached thermo imaging camera;
- determine own coordinates and coordinates of observed targets;
- monitor (survey) situation in the battlefield – surveillance of targets, reference points and known objects and points of impact by own artillery;
- topographic-geodesic measuring.
AEG main specification
- Measuring of angles in horizontal and vertical plane (system 1/6000, optionally 1/6400);
- Horizontal field of view of laser range finder from 0° to 360°;
- Night vision within limitations allowed by thermo vision camera.
Angular values for azimuth and elevation identical to day time conditions;
- Measuring of hit deviations by own artillery to enable fire adjustment;
- Automatic preparing of messages for sending of data to unit’s computing section;
- Slaved reticles of thermo camera and laser range finder;
- Thermo imaging camera is independent module from laser range finder;
- AEG has connecting interface for PDA or laptop computer.
Application software for artillery electronic direction finder provides:
- Initiation of hardware and relevant software parameter values in micro-controller of electronics module;
- Generating of forms for data downloading in electronics module;
- Presentation of relevant observation post position and orientation information;
- Presentation of topographic data on reference points, targets, known objects in forms of polar and absolute coordinates;
- Calculation and presenting of data necessary for fire adjustment and fire transfer to another target;
- Automatic data transfer to computing section of artillery unit using communications equipment connected via USB port;
- Data transfer executed in TCP/IP protocol;
- Entering of own position in the event of GPS receiver failure;
- Manual entering of target range in the event of laser range finder failure;
- Calibration of digital electromagnetic compass in eight points;
- Electromagnetic compass data correction by calculating “grid north” based upon two known points. Such correction shall be used to systematically correct measured azimuth of electromagnetic compass in its operating regime;
- Setting of changing parameters required for equipment operation.
Laser range finder is executed as external module that is easily mechanically attached by “dovetail” interface and electrically connected to AEG via RS232 interface.