Accession Number : AD0837691

Title :   AIRCRAFT SURVIVABILITY INDEX FOR LOW ALTITUDE PENETRATION.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Miller, William Selma, Jr. ; Brown, Earl Edwin

Report Date : JUN 1968

Pagination or Media Count : 184

Abstract : The problem of determining a survivability index for an attack aircraft, penetrating a missile only defense, is formulated as an iterative linear programming model. The costs for the linear program are determined from a simplified radar detection model and a pilot visual navigation model. The costs which are determined are not functionally linear with terrain clearance and the program is solved as an iteration on a linear program, with convergence to an optimal survivability index. The survivability indices (optimal costs) computed are shown to be dependent upon the terrain and type of navigation target selected. This dependence suggests that terrain-navigation target combinations which yield high indices should be avoided when mission planning. (Author)

Descriptors :   (*NAVAL AIRCRAFT, SURVIVAL(PERSONNEL)), (*ANTIAIRCRAFT DEFENSE SYSTEMS, PENETRATION), TARGET ACQUISITION, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, ALTITUDE, OPTIMIZATION, MATHEMATICAL MODELS, LINEAR PROGRAMMING, TERRAIN, ALGORITHMS, ATTRITION, SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES, AIRCRAFT INTERCEPTION, INTERCEPTION PROBABILITIES, THESES.

Subject Categories : Aircraft
      Computer Programming and Software
      Antiaircraft Defense Systems

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE