Accession Number:

ADA272984

Title:

A Kinematic Upgrade to an Infrared Air-to-Air Missile Using Dual- Interrupted-Thrust Technology and its Effect on Lethality

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1993-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

195.0

Abstract:

This study determines the increase in the kinematic performance and lethality of a generic Short-Range Air-to-Air Missile SRAAM due to the introduction of Dual-Interrupted-Thrust DIT technology to the missile motor. Data for this study was collected using-.the U.S. Air Force Trajectory Analysis Program TRAP. The SRAAM modelled was similar in capability to the AIM-9 Sidewinder currently in U.S. and Canadian Forces CF inventories. Quantification of kinematic performance was based on Performance Indices PIs which took into account range and time of flight constrained by a maximum miss distance the lethal radius of the warhead for seven selected scenarios. Comparison of missile lethality was based on the ratios of the distances between the outer and inner launch boundaries for the generic and modified SRAAMs. The results showed that DIT technology improves the kinematic performance and lethality of a SRAAM, provided the missile is not seeker limited , i.e. the lethality benefits are greatest for rear aspect and shoot-up engagements. Dual- interrupted-thrust, Missile lethality, SRAAM, Infrared Air-to-Air missile, Missile kinematic upgrade.

Subject Categories:

  • Guided Missile Launching and Basing Support
  • Guided Missile Trajectories, Accuracy and Ballistics
  • Air- and Space-Launched Guided Missiles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE