Accession Number : ADA115704

Title :   Evaluation of Terminally Guided Reentry Vehicle Effectiveness against Undefended Hard Targets.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s) : Auclair,Paul F

PDF Url : ADA115704

Report Date : Mar 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 80

Abstract : This thesis examines the effectiveness of various reentry vehicle configurations when they are targeted against buried, hard targets. The configurations are based on the reentry vehicle parameters of yield and CEP as well as the number of reentry vehicles per missile. An examination of the ground shock and overpressure kill radii resulted in the use of overpressure as the hard target kill mechanism. The methodology developed to examine reentry vehicle effectiveness was programmed on a Hewlett-Packard HP-41CV. The methodology allows variations in CEP, weapon system reliability, weapon yield, and number of reentry vehicles per missile, and the desired kill level. The measure of effectiveness of each reentry vehicle configuration is the number of missiles required to achieve a desired kill level on a user defined target matrix. The results of the methodology were generalized with a set of exponential equations. Each equation is based on a desired kill level and a fixed number of reentry vehicles per missile. A sensitivity analysis on the various configurations revealed the relative impact of equal percentage changes in the factors used in this study. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Reentry vehicles, *Guided missile warheads, *Terminal ballistics, *Hardened structures, Weapon system effectiveness, Underground structures, Circular error probable, Kill probabilities, Overpressure, Ground shock, Radius(Measure), Kill mechanisms, Yield(Nuclear explosions), Configurations, Matrices(Mathematics), Targeting, Computerized simulation, Methodology, Theses

Subject Categories : Guided Missile Reentry Vehicles
      Ballistics
      Unmanned Spacecraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE