Research activity in the IR area is primarily oriented towards warning, reconnaissance and surveillance systems and systems for target acquisition and tracking. Another important area is the analysis and evaluation of signatures for different military platforms and countermeasures. The majority of applications are to be found in the defence and security sectors.


Ongoing development work in the IR area is focused mainly on three important components: new multi/hyperspectral and polarimetric sensor technologies that make use of nanotechnology, new powerful signal processors with enhanced computational capacity, and new advances in image processing leading to a deeper understanding of how the sensor information is extracted. FOI’s body of expertise spans such areas as radiometry, signatures, sensors and sensor systems, signal and image processing as well as modelling and simulation. 

The research is conducted in close international collaboration through organisations such as the European Defence Agency (EDA) and NATO.