Target allocation for field artillery
Gulla, John Francis
Taylor, James G.
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Several models of the problem of target selection for field artillery fire as a supporting weapon system to a maneuver element in a division field environment are presented in this thesis. The field artillery system, its capabilities and limitations, as well as, the criteria utilized by military decision makers to provide timely, accurate, and effective artillery fire support to the maneuver commander, is covered to familiarize the analyst with the system to be mode led. A differential equation model using Lanchester Theory of Combat and the mathematical technique of optimal control to the target allocation problem is presented. A second model presented uses an allocation of fire dependent upon the kill potential and capability of the respective forces. The kill potential varies with the lethality and range of the weapon system from that force. A discussion of the worth of combat units in dynamic combat situations is also presented. The conclusion reached is that there is a dire need for more models in the area of target allocation that can clearly depict reality and still maintain a certain mathematical tractability.
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