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18:44 Sep 19, 2007
French to English translations [PRO] Tech/Engineering - Electronics / Elect Eng / military optoelectronics
French term or phrase:hors champ
I don't understand the use of the term "hors champ" in the following description of a laser weapon:
"système laser à moyenne énergie capable d’opacifier ou détruire les optiques d’entrée hors champ des systèmes optroniques et conduisant à une interruption de mission du système ennemi"
This is from a list of examples of "directed-energy weapons" and the types of targets against which they could be used. Each item in the list includes a type of weapon and the potential target(s). Hence, my assumption is that the input optics (or entry optics) are part of the optoelectronic system that is being targeted, though I can see that it is not entirely clear here. My feeling is that the weapon being described is one that can destroy part of the optics of the targeted system without being in the field of view of the latter. I don't think it is a question of range.
Whose optronic systems? Ours or the enemy's? Are we destroying the enemy's input optics that are beyond the range of our own optronic systems? Are we destroying something beyond the battle field? Grist to the mill ....
I'm not an expert in this field, but I suspect it may mean that they can be used at such an oblique angle that while doing their destroying, they don't actually need to be within the field of view of the instrument being targetted (so they are safer!)
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outside the optoelectronic system's range
Explanation: I suspect it is this :
Domaine(s) : - médecine
champ visuel n. m.
Équivalent(s) English visual field
Étendue angulaire des directions de l'espace dans laquelle un objet peut être perçu lorsque la tête et l'œil (ou les yeux) sont immobiles.
Anca Nitu Local time: 06:49 Native speaker of: Romanian