A Heuristic Route Selection Model for Low Level Aircraft Flight Through Defended Terrain.
ARMY MISSILE COMMAND REDSTONE ARSENAL AL PLANS ANALYSIS AND EVALUATION DIRECTORATE
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This report presents a heuristic route selection model for developing aircraft routes through hostile terrain. The capability of modern air defense systems has forced aircraft to utilize low level flight to avoid detection, thereby increasing survivability. By identifying the high and low points within an area, the model determines their exposure values, which are utilized with their height and internode distance to calculate a penalty for flying to a point from the current position. In developing a route, the model utilizes basic information concerning air defense deployment, initial and destination points, and terrain data to specify a minimum-exposure, minimum-elevation route. The results include the development of routes for eight 10 by 10 kilometer areas, and six larger terrain areas varying in size from 20 by 20 kilometers to 35 by 35 kilometers. Validation shows the heuristic to be competitive with visual procedures, but at a large reduction in time. Author
- Numerical Mathematics
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