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Computing variable bounds in the conceptual design phase of guided weapon systems

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Author: Weiss, M. · Buco, D.
Source:AIAA Guidance, Navigation, and Control Conference 2012, Minneapolis, MN, USA, 13-16 August 2012
Identifier: 476234
ISBN: 9781600869389
Report number: AIAA 2012-4690
Keywords: Aviation · Defence Research · Defence, Safety and Security · Mechatronics, Mechanics & Materials · WS - Weapon Systems · TS - Technical Sciences


The performance of guided weapon systems is primarily expressed by the end-of-flight effect, routinely approximated by the miss distance. It is however equally important that certain system variables of interest are kept within given bounds all along the duration of the flight. In this paper, we propose a method to evaluate such bounds in conceptual design studies that requires very modest computational resources and is suitable for many practical situations encountered in the analysis and design of guided weapon systems. The method allows quick assessments of the criticality of certain system requirements and investigating possible tradeoffs incase of conflits between requirements. The method is illustrated with two numerical examples. © 2012 by TNO, The Netherlands and DSTO Australia.