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Improved self-protection using dynamically optimized expendable countermeasures
Author(s): Harald Hovland
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Paper Abstract

The use of expendable countermeasures is still found to be a viable choice for self protection against Man Portable Air Defense Systems (MANPADS) due to their simplicity, low cost, flexibility, recent improvements in decoy technology, the ability to handle multiple threats simultaneously and the off-board nature of these countermeasures. In civil aviation, the risk of general hazards linked to the use of pyrotechnics is the main argument against expendable countermeasures, whereas for military platforms, the limitation in capacity due to a limited number of rounds is often used as an argument to replace expendable countermeasures by laser-based countermeasures. This latter argument is in general not substantiated by modelling or figures of merit, although it is often argued that a laser based system allows for more false alarms, hence enabling a more sensitive missile approach warning system. The author has developed a model that accounts for the statistical effects of running out of expendable countermeasures during a mission, in terms of the overall mission survival probability. The model includes key parameters of the missile approach warning system (MAWS), and can handle multiple missile types and missile attack configurations, as well as various statistical models of missile attacks. The model enables quantitative comparison between laser based and expendable countermeasures, but also a dynamic optimization of the countermeasures in terms of whether to use small or large countermeasure programs, as well as the dynamic tuning of MAWS key parameters to optimize the overall performance. The model is also well suited for determination of the contributions of the different components of the system in the overall survival probability.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2007
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 6540, Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security III, 65400O (4 May 2007); doi: 10.1117/12.719403
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Harald Hovland, Norwegian Defence Research Institute (FFI) (Norway)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 6540:
Optics and Photonics in Global Homeland Security III
Theodore T. Saito; Daniel Lehrfeld; Michael J. DeWeert, Editor(s)

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