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Atmospheric Effects on 1.06 Micron Laser-Guided Weapons
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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With the advent of laser-guided weapons into the Air Force inventory, it has become an item of high interest to decision makers at many levels, from the aircrews who must deliver the weapons, to the high planning levels of the Air Staff, to better understand the significant limitations that weather places on these weapons. This thesis presents an easily useable model for predicting maximum lock-on ranges for 1.06 micrometer laser-guided weapons as a function of two significant weather factors surface meteorological range and rainfall rate. In addition, a number of sample calculations based on the model are presented.
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