Distribution of firing directions in a coordinated surface-to-surface missile engagement
Utaaker, Inge Andre
Buss, Arnold H.
Eagle, James N.
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The Norwegian Air Force and the Norwegian Navy both use the Norwegian developed Penguin surface-to-surface missile (SSM) but they use different tactics for launching it. The Navy recommends many attack directions, whereas the Air Force has the missiles approach the target area along a single axis. This thesis investigates the effectiveness of different attack geometries using a discrete event simulation model that captures objects in motion, the detection of targets, the distribution of information, and the engagement procedures. The model includes ships, sensors, a data-link, missiles, missile batteries, air- target trackers, guns and the anti-air-warfare organization. Based on data from open sources, the simulation model of this thesis demonstrates that having all missiles approach the target area along the same bearing is the preferred SSM launch tactic under a variety of circumstances
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