A Simulation Model to Evaluate Close Air Support Kill-to-Loss Ratios
AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING
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Effective employment of close air support resources is essential if the rapid forward advance of a numerically superior enemy ground army is to be successfully stopped. The objective of this thesis was to develop a methodology that could examine and evaluate the various factors and interactions that influence the effectiveness of the close air support mission. The problem was studied in the context of the terrain of Central Europe and the anticipated threats for that region. A model of the close air support environment was built using the SLAM computer simulation language. Five factors and their interactions were analyzed in the model. Those factors were aircraft airspeed, aircraft weapons load, penetration distance behind the FEBA, the availability of enemy early warning radars, and the total number of threats in the area. The level of each factor was varied to determine its effect and interaction with the other factors.
- Computer Programming and Software
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics