Accession Number:

ADA220526

Title:

Using Simulation to Determine a Strategy for Positively Tracking a Cruise Missile by CMMCA

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

AIR FORCE INST OF TECH WRIGHT-PATTERSON AFB OH SCHOOL OF ENGINEERING

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

116.0

Abstract:

ALCMs are frequently tested in live firings over the western United States. These test flights require the use of several aircraft for launch, tracking, and control of the test vehicles. Tracking has historically been provided by a modified EC-135 aircraft. However, an EC-18 known as the Cruise Missile Mission Control Aircraft will be assuming the tracking mission. The CMMCA will use a tracking radar rather than data provided by the telemetry antenna on the EC-135 to track and keep positive control of the cruise missile. The new radar has decreased azimuth limits compared to the EC-135. Because of a mission requirement to maintain constant radar coverage of ALCM, the problem of tracking has become more difficult. A method has been developed to evaluate various options for maintaining the ALCM within the limits of the proposed radar. This method involves the use of computer simulation to model the movement of both vehicles. The modeling process is capable of employing various laws or procedures for tracking the cruise missile. This thesis describes the simulation developed for the evaluation as well as other insights gained in the evaluation process. This process should lead to a method for mission planning for CMMCA flight crews which should maximize the CMMCAs ability to provide continuous tracking coverage of the ALCM.

Subject Categories:

  • Air- and Space-Launched Guided Missiles
  • Active and Passive Radar Detection and Equipment

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE