Computer model and simulation of a theater ballistic missile (TBM) counterforce plan involving a lethal unmanned air vehicle (UAV)
Kammann, Richard W.
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In cooperation with the Operations Research Department at the Naval Postgraduate School, this thesis introduces a computer model for simulating the integration of a lethal unmanned air vehicle (UAV) into a tactical ballistic missile (TBM) counterforce plan. The current capability of autonomous and precise UAV trajectory tracking utilizing an onboard Global Positioning System (GPS) integrated guidance, navigation, and control (GNC) suite lends itself exceptionally to this role. The counterforce concept implies destruction of the TBM transporter-erector-launcher (TEL) within enemy territory. The study of this concept has recently been directed towards emulating well established anti- submarine warfare (ASW) search and destroy methods. The scenario presented in this thesis leaves that premise intact by the implementation of unattended ground sensors (UGS) for the purpose of detecting, tracking and classifying the TEL vehicle, and cueing the lethal UAV for attack. The end result of this work is a viable simulation for use in various future analyses. The simulation design allows for easy modification and expansion, and will serve as a valuable tool in the exploration of TBM counterforce alternatives.
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