Accession Number:

AD0761759

Title:

Lanchester Combat Models with Suppressive Fire and/or Unit Disintegration

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1973-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

109.0

Abstract:

The impact on several Lanchester models of adding suppressive fire and having a unit become combat ineffective before all its elements are destroyed is investigated. In addition to a lethal fire capability which causes permanent losses suppressive fire is incorporated into the classical equations by adding a suppressive fire capability which reduces the instantaneous enemy force. The revised equations are used to develop some tradeoff curves for lethal versus suppressive weapons in a combat force. The models applicability to electronic warfare systems and point defense systems, which act as suppressive weapons in the models equations, is illustrated. A quick test for determining the winner of a Lanchester model combat for the case of homogeneous attrition equations is developed.

Subject Categories:

  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE