Accession Number : AD0488509

Title :   OPTIMUM AIRCRAFT WEAPONS SELECTION AND SEQUENTIAL FIRING STRATEGY FOR TARGETS OF OPPORTUNITY.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Donis, John Nicholas ; Burns, Thomas Morris

Report Date : MAY 1966

Pagination or Media Count : 70

Abstract : A pilot engaged in a strike mission against targets of opportunity is continually confronted with the decision as to how many and which of his available weapons should be expended against a variety of targets which are encountered. Associated with this decision problem is the problem of determining an optimal load for such a mission subject to the constraints of available payload and number of weapons stations on the aircraft. Certain assumptions are made concerning the distribution of targets within the target area which lead to a dynamic programming formulation of the decision problem. This yields a system of ordinary differential equations which are solvable recursively. In addition to the dynamic programming model, a sub-optimum determination of a 'best load' is discussed. Although not as complete or precise as the dynamic programming method, this formulation is more readily adaptable to squadron level decision making. (Author)

Descriptors :   *CLOSE SUPPORT), (*AIRCRAFT AMMUNITION, SELECTION), (*JET BOMBERS, TACTICAL WARFARE), (*JET FIGHTERS, SURFACE TARGETS, KILL PROBABILITIES, COMPUTER PROGRAMMING, DIFFERENTIAL EQUATIONS, PAYLOAD, DETERMINATION, DECISION MAKING, OPTIMIZATION, OPERATIONS RESEARCH, MATHEMATICAL MODELS.

Subject Categories : Bombers
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE