Accession Number : ADD012800

Title :   Fire Control Apparatus for a Laser Weapon.

Descriptive Note : Patent,

Corporate Author : DEPARTMENT OF THE AIR FORCE WASHINGTON DC

Personal Author(s) : Worsham,Richard H ; Clark,John R

Report Date : 03 Mar 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 14

Abstract : This patent discloses a laser weapon fire control computer apparatus for responding in real time to the escort/threat scenario that confronts the weapon. The first control computer apparatus compares the threat data with stored predicted scenarios to develop a firing strategy menu which takes into account the fact that the laser energy is instantaneously propagated to the target but requires a substantial amount of time to inflict damage. The fire control computer apparatus utilizes the weapon's status, dwell time, slew time and fuel limits to yield a weapon pointing sequence and weapon on off times.

Descriptors :   *PATENTS, *FIRE CONTROL COMPUTERS, *LASER WEAPONS, AIMING, COMPUTERS, CONTROL, DWELL TIME, ENERGY, FIRE CONTROL SYSTEM COMPONENTS, FUELS, LASERS, LIMITATIONS, REAL TIME, SCENARIOS, SEQUENCES, THREATS, WEAPONS, YIELD

Subject Categories : Fire Control and Bombing Systems
      Directed Energy Weapons

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE