Fundamental Limitations on Fire Control Predictions,
BALLISTIC RESEARCH LABS ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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This analysis arose from some attempts to characterize air defense gun fire control systems. While other types of fire control have similar considerations, it is convenient to talk in terms of the air defense problem. Underlying the analysis is the concept of target maneuvers as at least partially random. The target is assumed to react in a manner independent of the immediate performance of the gun. Conclusions Some simple r.m.s. performance limitations can be put on linear predictors. Further reductions beyond these limitations must be accomplished by reduction of time of flight. Practical, non-Gaussian maneuvers can make the r.m.s. criterion far from optimum for design of predictors. Further characterization of the statistics of target maneuvers is important for future fire control design.
- Statistics and Probability
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics