Accession Number:

ADA580750

Title:

Analysis of Nondeterministic Search Patterns for Minimization of UAV Counter-Targeting

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2013-03-01

Pagination or Media Count:

121.0

Abstract:

In an attempt to mitigate the expanding counter-UAV capabilities of adversary countries developed in response to the United States increased reliance on these platforms, we apply a nondeterministic search pattern to a finite area searcher. By implementing a Levy distribution on search leg lengths we analyze the trade-offs between efficiency and evasiveness of the searcher, comparing the expected time to target detection for a given set of Levy parameters to a probabilistic time to counter-targeting based on intelligence driven enemy capability. The culmination of this thesis is the development of a robust simulation tool, capable of modeling various parameters on both searcher and search area, the output of which is a quantifiable estimate on the probability of mission success.

Subject Categories:

  • Pilotless Aircraft

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE