UAV swarm tactics: an agent-based simulation and Markov process analysis
Chung, Timothy H.
MetadataShow full item record
The rapid increase in the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in recent decades lead to their potential use as saturation or swarm threats to Allied Forces. One possible counter measure is the design and deployment of a defensive UAV swarm. This thesis identifies a future concept of swarm-versus-swarm UAV combat, focusing on the implications of swarm tactics and identifies important factors for such engagements. This work provides initial key insights through significant modeling, simulation, and analysis. The contributions of the presented work include the design of an agent-based simulation and the formulation of an associated analytical model. The agent-based simulation allows for the UAV to be modeled as an agent that follows a simple rule set, which is responsible for the emergent swarm behavior relevant to defining swarm tactics. A two-level Markov process is developed to model the air-to-air engagements, where the first level focuses on one-on-one combat while the second level incorporates the results from the first and explores multi-UAV engagements. Tactical insights obtained from this study can be contrasted with tactics for manned air combat, which highlights the potential need to develop new tactics for unmanned combat aviation as well as for swarm scenarios. Additional analysis performed in this thesis provides further tactical recommendations and outlines multiple avenues of future study.
Approved for public release; distribution is unlimited
Showing items related by title, author, creator and subject.
Osborn, Brian A. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2002-09);The Department of Defense relies on modeling and simulation for a variety of purposes, including joint exercise training, developing and evaluating doctrine and tactics, and studying weapon system effectiveness. Advances ...
Pav, Russell G. (Monterey, California: Naval Postgraduate School, 2015-09);The Office of the Chief of Naval Operations (OPNAV) uses a hierarchy of simulation models as part of scenario-based planning to help decide which new platforms to procure and how to employ them. Simulation is used at every ...
Aydin, Erhan. (Monterey, California. Naval Postgraduate School, 2000-03-01);Ship defense in convoy operations against Anti-Surface Missiles (ASM) has been an important aspect of Naval Warfare for the last two decades. Countries in a state of conflict often conduct threatening operations in their ...