Rami Arieli: "The
Laser Adventure" Chapter 9.3.2 page 1
9.3.2 Laser Target Designator
The laser is used to mark targets for attack
by "smart" artillery and guided missiles.
The properties that make the laser so attractive
as laser designator are:
A soldier in the field, or a flying vehicle can be used to send a laser
beam on the target.
The laser beam advance great distances in a straight line.
The laser beam propagate at very high speed (speed of light).
It is possible to modulate the laser beam to include
information for identification.
The laser is designed to send a series of pulses in a specific pattern
(code) of pulses of invisible light.
Special detecting systems are locked on these specific pattern of laser
pulses, and guide the "Smart Bombs" to hit the marked target.
An example showing several laser designator system are shown in figure
Figure 9.1: Laser Designator systems in the Battlefield.