Flight Control Requirements for Weapon Delivery. Volume 1. Development of the Terminal Aerial Weapon Delivery Simulation (TAWDS) Programs and Their Use in Formulating Flying Qualities Guidelines for Manually Coupled Aircraft Weapon Delivery Systems
Final technical rept. 29 Jun 1973-30 Sep 1975
MCDONNELL AIRCRAFT CO ST LOUIS MO
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The objectives of this research were to 1 develop man-machine multi-axis analytical models for predicting weapon delivery accuracy for piloted aircraft and 2 use the analytical models, the Terminal Aerial Weapon Delivery Simulation TAWDS computer programs, to determine the effects of aircraft flying qualities on air-to-air gunnery and air-to-ground gunnery and bombing effectiveness. The TAWDS programs enable a digital simulation to be performed on various closed loop weapon delivery systems under manual tracking control for predicting and evaluating weapon delivery accuracy. The TAWDS method of determining and establishing flight control system requirements for weapon delivery has been demonstrated. A set of flying qualities characteristics which provides improved tracking capability and increased weapon delivery effectiveness for fighter aircraft was determined using the TAWDS analysis programs. This set of flying qualities is recommended for inclusion into MIL-F- 8785B as a guideline for design of fighter aircraft flying qualities characteristics to assure a high probability of kill for these aircraft performing tactical weapon delivery. It is also recommended that the TAWDS methodology, which computes probability of kill a direct function of weapon impact error statistics and target vulnerability, be considered for MIL-F8785B as an evaluation measure of merit for determining weapon effectiveness of fighter aircraft performing weapon delivery.
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