Theaterwide Tactical Fighter Combat Operations Model (TAFCOM)

A Program Description

by K. A. Brown, Carolyn R. Huber


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An updated programmer's manual for TAFCOM, which simulates large-scale air attack; it can handle thousands of aircraft with hundreds of bombers attacking tens of targets and penetrating through up to 20 air defense systems of varying effectiveness. TAFCOM assigns sorties to targets, selects and records the ordnance, and computes in detail the attrition by SAMs, AA, and interceptors and the target damage inflicted. Each simulated day is run as two separate attacks, with roles reversed for the second run. Written in FORTRAN IV, TAFCOM consists of 84 programs and subprograms arranged in 10 chained links in order of execution; data required by all links are calculated once and kept in core. TAFCOM has been converted for IBM 7094 and 360 computers and the CDC 3600, and is currently in use at the SHAPE Technical Centre.

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