Accession Number:

ADA426717

Title:

Limitations of Guns as a Defence against Manoeuvring Air Weapons

Descriptive Note:

Technical note

Corporate Author:

DEFENCE SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY ORGANISATION SALISBURY (AUSTRALIA) SYSTEMS SCIENCES LAB

Report Date:

2004-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

57.0

Abstract:

In the near future, strategic and other critical assets will be subject to attack from a new range of air threats, including highly accurate aircraft-launched weapons that offer long stand-off ranges and which are capable of travelling at high speed as well as maneuvering at high g rates. This study uses simple probability theory to determine the relative utility of current generation air-defense guns against this type of highly maneuverable weapon. The rationale for this study is that whilst guns may have the advantages of offering a low cost-per-shot and reasonable magazine capacities, they are also severely limited in their abilities as they are only designed to fire at a predicted intercept point in space. As a result, should the target alter its direction during an engagement, the target will no longer pass through the projectiles flight path.

Subject Categories:

  • Guns

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE