Accession Number : ADA322088
Title : Weather Effects in Selected Air Warfare Simulations.
Descriptive Note : Scientific rept. no. 4,
Corporate Author : SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY CORP HAMPTON VA
Personal Author(s) : Burgeson, John
PDF Url : ADA322088
Report Date : JAN 1997
Pagination or Media Count : 42
Abstract : This report describes the results of a limited review of some of the literature on weather effects on electro-optical weapon systems, and how selected military models account for these effects. THUNDER simulates a conventional campaign that emphasizes the air war and accounts for the effects of ceiling and visibility on the air war. The Extended Air Defense Simulation (EADSIM) ignores weather effects. When executed at high resolution, THUNDER simulates some of the effects of weather on the air war, especially air-to-ground attack missions. Weather forecasts of ceiling and visibility affect mission planning and arming of aircraft; 'actual' ceiling and visibility affect the use of airbases and the probability of target acquisition, discrimination and kill. The only weather factors explicitly allowed are ceiling and visibility, both of which are user-provided. The user controls all input, including weather and probabilities, through formatted data files. THUNDER's approach to weather effects should be validated. For example, the goodness of probabilities of success of various portions of an attack mission affected by weather (e.g. Are probability models physics-based?), the realism of other weather-related user input, and the degree of THUNDER's sensitivity to weather input needs to be determined. Other conclusions and recommendations are provided.
Descriptors : *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *WEATHER, *ELECTROOPTICS, *MODELS, *WEAPON SYSTEMS, *AERIAL WARFARE, COMPUTER PROGRAMS, INPUT, KILL PROBABILITIES, TARGET ACQUISITION, TARGET DISCRIMINATION, HIGH RESOLUTION, WEATHER FORECASTING, AIR TO SURFACE, MISSIONS, VISIBILITY, CEILING.
Subject Categories : Meteorology
Electrooptical and Optoelectronic Devices
Computer Programming and Software
Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE