Increasing air defense capability by optimizing burst distance

Türkuzan, Mehmet
In this thesis, burst distance is optimized to increase air defense capability for systems utilizing airburst munitions. A simulator program is created to use during the study by taking advantage of the MATLAB environment. While creating the simulator program, a munition path model is derived by using fourth order Runge-Kutta method. Then, simulations are conducted at different burst distances and related information are recorded. By using least square optimization method and gathered data, optimum burst distance is found. Moreover, the effects of several factors on optimum burst distances are analyzed, including: the weights of the objectives in the optimization, target dimensions, target range, wind, target position ambiguity, firing angle, and velocity ambiguity after burst. Furthermore, a firing method is proposed. The result of the proposed firing method and the optimum solution are compared and success is presented. To sum up, this study presents a way to find optimum burst distance, analyzes the factors that may affect optimum burst distance, and suggests a firing method for effective shots.
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M. Türkuzan, “Increasing air defense capability by optimizing burst distance,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.