Accession Number : ADA292573

Title :   Evaluation of Proposed Agility Metrics Using X-31 vs. F/A-18 Flight Data.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. Oct 93-Sep 94,

Corporate Author : NAVAL AIR WARFARE CENTER AIRCRAFT DIV WARMINSTER PA AIR VEHICLE AND CREW SYST EMS TECHNOLOGY DEPT

Personal Author(s) : Booz, Julieta E.

PDF Url : ADA292573

Report Date : 30 NOV 1994

Pagination or Media Count : 38

Abstract : This report is an evaluation of the specific agility metrics and tactical agility metrics as described in Veda Technical Report 33158-94U/P3553-003, Aircraft Fighter Agility: Theory, Advanced Metrics, and Simulation. The agility metrics were applied to six engagements flown between the X-31 and the F/A-18. A comparison was done to determine if the agility metrics correlated with the results from the engagements flown (e.g. did the more agile aircraft get the win). The results indicate that applying these agility metrics to correlate with the win or loss of an engagement did not provide consistent predictions as to which aircraft would score a win. Evaluation of the data from the engagements indicate that what determined which aircraft achieved the win (by obtaining a missile kill) was that aircraft which was the first to maneuver into an offensive position within the weapons firing solution. This was primarily done by generating the higher acceleration rate or by obtaining a higher initial acceleration value. (AN)

Descriptors :   *JET FIGHTERS, *FLIGHT MANEUVERS, *RESEARCH AIRCRAFT, VELOCITY, GUIDED MISSILES, FLIGHT TESTING, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, KILL PROBABILITIES, PERFORMANCE(ENGINEERING), ACCELERATION, COMPARISON, ATTACK AIRCRAFT, TACTICAL ANALYSIS, MATHEMATICAL PREDICTIONS, FLIGHT PATHS.

Subject Categories : Military Aircraft Operations
      Attack and Fighter Aircraft
      Research and Experimental Aircraft

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE