Autopilot and guidance for anti-tank imaging infrared guided missiles

Özcan, Ali Erdem
An anti-tank guided missile is a weapon system primarily designed to hit and destroy armored tanks and other armored vehicles. Developed first-generation command-guided and second-generation semi-automatic command guided missiles had many disadvantages and lower hit rates. For that reason, third generation imaging infrared fire-and-forget missile concept is very popular nowadays. In this thesis, mainly, a mathematical model for a fire-and-forget anti-tank missile is developed and a flight control autopilot design is presented using PID and LQR techniques. For target tracking purposes, “correlation”, “centroid” and “active contour” algorithms are studied and these algorithms are tested over some scenarios for maximizing hit rate. Different target scenarios and countermeasures are discussed in an artificially created virtual environment.


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Citation Formats
A. E. Özcan, “Autopilot and guidance for anti-tank imaging infrared guided missiles,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2008.