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A novel concept for scheduling and effect assessment of soft-kill against an antiship missile based on the adjoint method

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Author: Weiss, M. · Vermeulen, A. · Bos, J. · Bucco, D.
Source:AIAA Guidance, Navigation and Control Conference 2011, Portland, OR, USA, 8-11 August 2011
Identifier: 476242
ISBN: 9781600869525
Report number: AIAA 2011-6569
Keywords: Aviation · Defence Research · Defence, Safety and Security · Mechatronics, Mechanics & Materials · WS - Weapon Systems · TS - Technical Sciences


The Adjoint Method is a well establised tool for assessement of guidance loops in conceptual design studies. It allows one to perform quick assessments of the performance both in deterministic settings, to determine a nominal or average miss distance, and in stochastic settings, to determine the standard deviation of the miss distance. The present work proposes to use the Adjoint Method as an essential ingredient in an intelligent soft-kill management system for engaging antiship missiles. The paper shows how adjoint compu- tations can be used in the pre-launch phase to help with scheduling the soft-kill deployment and in the post-launch phase for assessing the success of the soft-kill deployment. © 2011 by TNO, The Netherlands.