Accession Number:

ADA012246

Title:

BQM-34A Target Drone Operational Decision Model Validation Study,

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE SPECIAL WEAPONS CENTER KIRTLAND AFB N MEX

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1975-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

55.0

Abstract:

An Operational Decision Model ODM is a way of maximizing the operational utility of a weather sensitive system while minimizing long term average costs. This report evaluates the application of ODMs to an RPV operation. Specifically, it compares launch decisions made with standard decision criteria with launch decisions made by three ODMs developed from BQM-34A operational cost data as a function of important categories of weather and Holloman AFB records of the past occurrences of these weather categories. Potential savings were determined by using independent weather observations for Holloman AFB for the months of October, November, and December for 1973 and 1974 in the ODMs. Results showed that the ODMs always saved money in the long run. In one instance, average savings were as high as 10,000 per successful mission. The study concludes that consistent use of ODMs can increase the productivity of weather sensitive RPVs by allowing for more successful missions, in less time, at lower costs. Author

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft
  • Meteorology

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE