Accession Number : ADP002860

Title :   Computer Aided Construction of Ground Attack Mission Profiles over European Terrain,

Corporate Author : OPERATIONAL RESEARCH AND ANALYSIS ESTABLISHMENT OTTAWA (ONTARIO)

Personal Author(s) : Mason,D. W.

Report Date : OCT 1983

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : Optimization of an air-to-ground weapon inventory must investigate the tradeoff between the effectiveness of the weapons and the vulnerability of the delivery aircraft to opposing ground defences while flying the mission profile required by the weapon. The Directorate of Air Operational Research within the Canadian Dept. of National Defence has developed a computerized technique for describing and constructing air-to-ground mission profiles in relation to actual terrain. The aim was to develop a profile construction system that permits the user to accurately but concisely direct the construction process. The technique relies on computer graphics to assist the user in creating realistic attack profiles. The system employs a data base of digitized central European terrain to produce perspective terrain image snapshots at key positions in the profile. Post analysis of the exposure history of a given profile allows a reasonable assessment of the comparative survivability of an aircraft having to deliver weapon type A versus its survivability when delivering weapon type B. Although designed for use in weapon mix determinations for the Canadian Forces, this analysis tool may have useful applications in both aircraft design and air-to-ground weapon design for low level ground attack missions.

Descriptors :   *Terrain, *Computer graphics, *Flight paths, Air to surface, Mission profiles, Flight maneuvers, Computer aided design, Operations research, Survivability, Optimization, Algorithms, Attack, Low altitude, Exposure(General), Antiaircraft weapons, Jet fighters, Europe, Canada

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE