Pitch Rate Flight Control for the F-16 Aircraft to Improve Air-To-Air Combat.
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OHIO SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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Digital simulations were developed to implement a pitch rate control system for the F-16 aircraft engaged in aerial gunnery. First, the EASY Modelling and Analysis Program by Boeing Computer Services was adapted to implement a longitudinal axis F-16 aircraft, flight control system, and pilot model. Comparison of closed loop system responses indicated a proposed pitch rate flight control configuration would improve target tracking performance. The Terminal Aerial Weapon Delivery Simulation TAWNDS program by McDonnell Douglas Corporation was adapted for the F-16 aircraft. An non-linear six-degree-of-freedom aircraft model, multi-axis flight control system, and multi-axis pilot model were developed to demonstrate target tracking capabilities. Eight different air-to-air scenarios were developed to simulate evasive encounters with a F-4 target aircraft. Time history target tracking errors indicated the improved tracking performance of the proposed pitch rate flight control configuration over the present normal acceleration configuration of the F-16 aircraft. Author
- Attack and Fighter Aircraft