Accession Number:

ADA066034

Title:

Combat Performance Advantage. A Method of Evaluating Air Combat Performance Effectiveness

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jan-Jul 1978

Corporate Author:

AERONAUTICAL SYSTEMS DIV WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1978-12-01

Pagination or Media Count:

35.0

Abstract:

A simple mathematical model was developed that accounts for the combat relationship of all airplane performance parameters relative to those of a potential adversary. An important outcome of this study is definition of an optimum load factor to be used for offensive tracking and pursuit to reduce time needed to achieve advantage, thereby increasing combat effectivity. The importance of not merely high-g capability, but sustained high-g capability, can be more objectively evaluated, This innovative concept eliminates the need to subjectively weigh each aspect of the relative performance individually and for the first time, indicates in definite and practical terms the advantages or disadvantages that exist in a combat situation between opposing aircraft. A comparison is made with aerial combat simulation models used for operational analyses. The result is a better tool with which to plan tactics and conduct total system design trade studies as influenced by airplane performance. Application is made to current and future fighter aircraft designs.

Subject Categories:

  • Attack and Fighter Aircraft
  • Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE