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An Airbase Damage Assessment Model

Published 1976

by Donald E. Emerson


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Describes the airbase damage assessment (AIDA) computer model, designed for rapid examination of the results of conventional air attacks on complex targets. The model incorporates both a Monte Carlo and a deterministic mode of operation and has a variety of possible applications. It can be used to help plan effective attacks against complex target sets, or — by testing alternative attack headings, aim points, and the like — to examine the tradeoffs between damage to primary and secondary targets. It should also prove useful in airbase protection studies, both to provide realistic and detailed samples of possible damage patterns and to assess different options. Damage statistics for up to 250 individual targets can be quickly assessed for attacks involving as many as 50 delivery passes and 10 types of weapons. Both point-impact and area weapons can be handled, and targets may be grouped into 20 different vulnerability categories to distinguish different levels of weapon effectiveness. A complete user's guide and program listing are included.

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