Accession Number : AD1046113

Title :   An analysis of shoot and scoot tactics

Descriptive Note : Technical Report

Corporate Author : Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States

Personal Author(s) : Shim,Younglak

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Report Date : 01 Mar 2017

Pagination or Media Count : 79

Abstract : Firing multiple rounds of artillery from the same location has several benefits: a high rate of fire at the enemy and potentially improved accuracy as the shooters aim adjusts to previous rounds. Firing many rounds from the same location, however, carries significant risk that the enemy will detect the location of the artillery. Therefore, the shooter may want to periodically change location to avoid counter-battery fire. This maneuver is known as the shoot-and-scoot tactic. The importance of the shoot-and-scoot tactic has increased in recent years with the prevalence of self-propelled artillery and significant improvements in counter-detection technology such as radar. This thesis analyzes the shoot-and-scoot tactic using stochastic models, such as continuous-time Markov chains. We explore various examples and conclude that spending a reasonable amount of time firing multiple shots in the same location is preferable to moving immediately after firing one shot. Moving frequently reduces risk to artillery, but limits the artillerys ability to inflict damage on the enemy. These results should provide commanders with insight about how frequently they should change positions based on the risk level and their capabilities.

Descriptors :   ARTILLERY FIRE , stochastic processes , Markov chains , COUNTERBATTERY RADAR , accuracy

Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE