Optimization of Aimpoints for Coordinate Seeking Weapons
Naval Postgraduate School Monterey United States
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The objective of this thesis is to develop a program that makes use of three types of damage functions to optimize the weapon aimpoints of multiple coordinate-seeking weapons against a unitary target in order to achieve the highest probability of damage PD. A MATLAB program is used as the coding tool for the development of this algorithm and the optimization process. The program works by first taking in the number of weapons used and arranging them in a fixed uniform spacing on a circle centered on the assumed target location. Then, the weapon characteristics such as the radius of the circle containing the weapon aimpoint, impact angle, dependent aiming and independent ballistic errors are taken into account, before utilizing each of the three damage functions representing the weapon.