Research and Development of Instrumentation Program Evaluation of Breadboard Projectile Airburst and Impact Locating System (PAILS)
Final rept. 6 Jan 1975-8 May 1978
ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD MATERIEL TESTING DIRECTORATE
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The Projectile Airburst and Impact Locating System PAILS is a concept utilizing a trilateration radar network to locate the positions of airburst or ground impacts of artillery or mortar projectiles at proving-ground installations. This report describes tests conducted on a single breadboard radar one of three required for a complete system at US Army Aberdeen Proving Ground from 6 January 1975 to 8 May 1978. A description of the radar and its specifications is provided. Measurement of static and dynamic performance is described. It is concluded that sufficient data is not available to assess the capability of the PAILS concept the cause of the inability of the breadboard PAILS to lock-up on the terminal portion of the trajectory is unknown additional tests of the breadboard PAILS will require 5,000 to 7,500 man-hours over a 1 year period the risk is high that additional tests would not provide the required data the payoff for TECOM test ranges is minimal further testing is neither prudent nor justifiable. It is recommended that an alternative scoring approach be utilized.
- Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment