High Fidelity Computer Simulations for Independent Validation of Mission Planning Products for Tomahawk Cruise Missiles,
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This paper discusses the development, and current usage of independently developed, high fidelity simulations that have been used to evaluate the performance of Tomahawk cruise missiles for over 12 years. Two simulations comprise the core of a suite of analysis tools, that are collectively called the Mission Validation System MVS. MVS has been used for practically all vital mission analysis functions for Tomahawk Block 2 and Block 2 cruise missiles. These not only include OFS validation, pre-flight and post-flight OTL analyses, independent validation of mission data and other mission planning products, failure analysis, but also post-flight reconstruction analysis of all Tomahawk tactical strikes during the last five years starting with the first tactical use of Tomahawks in Desert Storm. Representative data from these analyses both for OTLs and the actual tactical strike in Bosnia are presented in the paper. In light of impending Block 4 missile upgrade, these models are being reviewed for enhancement to meet the future needs of the program without compromising quality or current capability. Specific approaches as to how to upgrade these simulations, with their respective merits, are also discussed in the paper.
- Surface-Launched Guided Missiles
- Computer Programming and Software