Attrition of Bomber as a Function of Weapon Load and Grouping of the Airborne Defense.
AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO DIRECTORATE OF ADVANCED SYSTEMS ANALYSIS
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The paper concerns the effectiveness of a force of bombers when opposed by interceptor aircraft. It is assumed that space used to carry defensive weapons is taken from the available space for offensive weapons. In addition, the supply of defensive weapons may be so limited that it is possible that individual bombers will use up their supply before the end of the battle. The interceptor aircraft are assumed to be deployed by the defense so that the limitation in the available supply of the bombers defensive weapons can be exploited. The interceptors are assumed to operate in a cyclic fashion. The time to complete one cycle is assumed to be known. The purpose of the analysis to define a procedure for determining what type and quantity of defensive weapons should be carried by the bombers and in what size groups the interceptors should be deployed. It is assumed in the analysis that the offense will act so as to maximize the number of offensive weapons delivered while the defense will act so as to minimize the same criterion function.
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