Lanchester Combat Models with Suppressive Fire and/or Unit Disintegration
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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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.
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