An investigation of the Combat Air Patrol stationing in an integrated air defense scenario
Jordao, Ernani Brisolla
Gaver, Donald P.
Nakagawa, Gordon R.
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This investigation of the Combat Air Patrol stationing problem analyzes the geometry of a hypothetical tactical scenario. Expressions to determine the following quantities are derived: (1) the minimum early warning radar detection range required for intercept feasibility; (2) intercept range as measured from the target area position when the interception begins from the CAP station; and (3) the minimum number of interceptors required to actively maintain one CAP station. The time variables most relevant to the problem are identified and investigated in the context of interceptor fuel consumption. The complexities of the dynamic process embedded in a Combat Air Patrol management are modeled by means of a deterministic macro model. The state variables portraying both the logistic and the operational aspects involving the CAP activity are defined; system parameters controlling the transition flow from one state to another are presented to represent the constraints of realities. A method for computing the attrition rate based on Bonder and Farrell's methodology is derived. Numerical examples are presented and the results analyzed. The application of such a CAP stationing analysis model for air defense planning is discussed.
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