Accession Number:

AD0767673

Title:

Application of Stochastic Approximation Theory to Field Artillery Precision Fire

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1973-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

226.0

Abstract:

The thesis is addressed to the problem of determining optimal precision fire methods for the Field Artillery. The current precision fire technique has been in use by the Field Artillery since 1941. Because of the general acceptance that the method works, the procedure has remained relatively unchanged for 32 years no documented evidence of previous efforts to establish an analytical basis for the procedure apparently exists. Employing the methods of stochastic approximation, the theoretical foundation for the current procedure is established. Using the developed theoretical foundation of the current precision fire method, a simplified, more efficient procedure is developed. In addition, an optimal precision fire procedure to be used when forward observers are equipped with laser range finders is presented. The procedures are compared analytically and through computer simulations to arrive at conclusions regarding simplicity, accuracy and economy of ammunition expenditures.

Subject Categories:

  • Fire Control and Bombing Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE