Accession Number:

ADA239526

Title:

The Naval Airship and the Revolution at Sea

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1990-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

147.0

Abstract:

A system is proposed to combine an airship based fire control system using-off-the-shelf hardware with surface ship launched SAMs NTUSM-2-ER to provide OTH wide area ASCM defense for convoys and surface battle groups currently without organic airborne AAW assets. The effectiveness of surface ship AAW area defense is compared, both with and without the airship system, against low-flying ASCMs. The proposed airship system is based on combining the F-14 fire control system AWG-9 with extrapolations from the current DARPA sponsored design for an operational development model airship ODM. The impact on the required airship size for obtaining a given level of performance from the airshipsurface ship team is examined by varying the number of fire control units AWG-9s carried by the airship from 2 to 12. Costs of the proposed system are estimated. Scenarios are developed for convoy missions in a low to moderate ASCM threat environment and for surface battle group operations in a high threat 60, closely spaced ASCMs environment.

Subject Categories:

  • Lighter-than-air Aircraft
  • Fire Control and Bombing Systems

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE