A Two-Directional Target Optimization Model.
NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA
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This paper presents an algorithm for computing the optimal target path for two aircraft traversing a target area from different directions. There are constraints on the maneuverability of each aircraft which prohibit it from attacking every target. The algorithm chooses a subset of targets whose destruction will yield maximum value to the attacking force. The basis of the algorithm is the branch and bound method, with upper bounds computed by dynamic programming. Several variations are considered, such as payload limit, an increased number of aircraft from each direction, and a three-directional attack. An example problem is solved using the basic model. A Fortran IV computer program is included. Computation time versus problem characteristics is discussed. Author
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics