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Surface-to-surface missile guidance with passive homing
Author(s): Terry A. Frank; Ronald D. DeGroat
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Paper Abstract

Most deployed , surface-to-surface, antitank missile systems do not use passive homing. These systems require an operator for target tracking and utilize guidance strategies that command the missile along the line- of-sight (LOS) to the heavily armored areas of the tank. The target kill probability, Pk, for these systems is limited by the LOS guidance strategy and operator error. Therefore, new approaches including passive homing and non-LOS guidance are being developed to increase Pk for future antitank missile systems. Passive homing removes operator error during flight, and non-LOS guidance (ie: top attack) yields warhead impacts on the top areas of tanks which have less armor. A passive, top attack, antitank missile has many advantages; however, it relies greatly on a passive seeker to provide correct target state information under a variety of battlefield conditions. This paper introduces effects of missile-to-target range and line-of-sight (LOS) on passive seeker performance in battlefield conditions for a surface-to-surface missile (SSM) using an imaging infrared (IIR) seeker. Using this analysis, an adaptive missile guidance concept based on several guidance strategies is proposed to maximize Pk. Fundamental considerations and challenges for the proposed missile guidance concept are mentioned.

Paper Details

Date Published: 26 May 1995
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 2468, Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing IX, (26 May 1995); doi: 10.1117/12.210421
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Terry A. Frank, Texas Instruments Inc. and Univ. of Texas/Dallas (United States)
Ronald D. DeGroat, Univ. of Texas/Dallas (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 2468:
Acquisition, Tracking, and Pointing IX
Michael K. Masten; Larry A. Stockum, Editor(s)

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