The Simulation of Tactical Smoke on the Modern Battlefield.
ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KANS
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The first part of the model consists of simulating the smoke employment tactics within a given tactical scenario. Input variables pertaining to command guidance, type of operation, weather conditions, and weapons and ammunition available provide the setting, At the appropriate time during the battle, smoke is automatically placed on or near the opposing forces location so that the smoke clouds drift into the line-of-sight between the attacker and defender. The second part of the model consists of computing if intervisibility exists between opposing forces at each second of the battle. As a representation of a smoke cloud, a sphere is used to simulate white phosphorous WP and a cone is used to simulate hexachloroethane HC. The program calculates if the line-of-sight intersects any part of either one of these types of three dimensional figures. If an intersection occurs, the line-of-sight is blocked therefore, intervisibility does not exist. A series of test runs were conducted to verify the model. Bursting radii of the smoke rounds, atmospheric stability conditions, type of smoke munitions, wind speeds, and wind directions were the parameters varied for the tests.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics