Trajectory tracking and backfitting techniques against theater ballistic missiles
Hutchins, Robert G.
Britt, Patrick T.
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Since the SCUD launches in the Gulf War, theater ballistic missile (TBM) systems have become a growing concern for the US military. Detection, fast track initiation, backfitting for launch point determination, and tracking and engagement during boost phase or shortly after booster cutoff are goals that grow in importance with the proliferation cI weapons of mass destruction. This paper focuses on track initiation and backfitting techniques, as well as extending some earlier results on tracking a ThM during boost phase cutoff. Results indicate that Kalman techniques are superior to third order polynomial extrapolations in estimating the launch point, and that some knowledge of missile parameters, especially thrust, is extremely helpful in track initiation.
The article of record as published may be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1117/12.364053SPIE's International Symposium on Optical Science, Engineering, and Instrumentation, 1999, Denver, CO, United States
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