Accession Number : AD0688482

Title :   AIRCRAFT COMBAT RADIUS CALCULATION PROCEDURE FOR VARIOUS MISSION PROFILES AND EXTERNAL-STORE CONFIGURATIONS,

Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF

Personal Author(s) : Weber,C. M.

Report Date : APR 1969

Pagination or Media Count : 69

Abstract : An extension and revision of the HARD-1 (Handy Approximate Radius Determination) combat radius calculation procedure described in RM-5280 for aircraft carrying external stores. HARD-3 calculates the radius capability for a particular aircraft having known climb and cruise performance, fuel consumption, drag, etc. The method is somewhat more complex than HARD-1 but it provides greater flexibility and improved accuracy: a wider choice in cruise conditions is now available, and the effect on radius of non-distance-gaining fuel allowances is computed more accurately. The computer program allows for variation in the disposition of empty fuel tanks and for target-bound refueling. Although designed specifically for a ground-attack mission, the procedure may be adapted for other missions. The results compare favorably with estimates made by following the mission-planning procedures described in military flight manuals. The JOSS program is included, along with a sample set of calculations and an explanation of the equations used. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*EXTERNAL STORES, ATTACK BOMBERS), (*ATTACK BOMBERS, RANGE(DISTANCE)), MATHEMATICAL MODELS, FUEL TANKS, FUEL CONSUMPTION, BOMB RACKS, DRAG, WEIGHT, CLIMBING, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, MISSION PROFILES, OPERATIONS RESEARCH

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

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE