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Trajectory tracking and backfitting techniques against theater ballistic missiles
Author(s): Robert G. Hutchins; Patrick T. Britt
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Paper Abstract

Since the SCUD launches in the Gulf War, theater ballistic missile (TBM) systems have become a growing concern for the US military. Detection, fast track initiation, backfitting for launch point determination, and tracking and engagement during boost phase or shortly after booster cutoff are goals that grow in importance with the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction. This paper focuses on track initiation and backfitting techniques, as well as extending some earlier results on tracking a TBM during boost phase cutoff. Results indicate that Kalman techniques are superior to third order polynomial extrapolations in estimating the launch point, and that some knowledge of missile parameters, especially thrust, is extremely helpful in track initiation.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 October 1999
PDF: 5 pages
Proc. SPIE 3809, Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1999, (4 October 1999); doi: 10.1117/12.364053
Show Author Affiliations
Robert G. Hutchins, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)
Patrick T. Britt, Naval Postgraduate School (United States)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 3809:
Signal and Data Processing of Small Targets 1999
Oliver E. Drummond, Editor(s)

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