Simulation Techniques for Analyzing Air Combat Systems

by Terry E. Greene, J. R. Huntzicker


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A description of analytical aids devised to assist in solving the problems encountered in designing air-to-air fighter systems. TACTICS, the RAND computer model for analysis of air combat systems, is designed for dynamic simulation of maneuvering flight. Aerodynamic and propulsion performance of each of three maneuvering bodies is represented for three-dimensional flights and for pitch, roll, and yaw altitudes, giving six-degrees-of-freedom motion. Aircraft and missile performance data can be input in the form of tables or analytical expressions. The output is of two kinds: tabular data and graphical display. The graphical display assists the analyst in visualizing the combat action that has been simulated; the tabular output data are more significant for purposes of analysis.

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