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An analytical approach to air defense: cost, effectiveness and SWOT analysis of employing fighter aircraft and modern SAM systems
Author(s): Orcun Kus; Ibrahim Kocaman; Yucel Topcu; Volkan Karaca
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Paper Abstract

The problem of defending a specific airspace is among the main issues a military commander to solve. Proper protection of own airspace is crucial for mission success at the battlefield. The military doctrines of most world armed forces involve two main options of defending the airspace. One of them is utilizing formations of fighter aircraft, which is a flexible choice. The second option is deploying modern SAM (Surface to Air Missile) systems, which is more expansive. On the other hand the decision makers are to cope with miscellaneous restrictions such as the budgeting problems. This study defines air defense concept according to modern air warfare doctrine. It considers an air defense scenario over an arbitrary airspace and compares the performance and cost-effectiveness of employing fighter aircraft and SAM systems. It also presents SWOT (Strenghts - Weakness - Opportunities - Threats) analyses of air defense by fighter aircraft and by modern SAMs and tries to point out whichever option is better. We conclude that deploying SAMs has important advantages over using fighter aircraft by means of interception capacity within a given time period and is cost-effective.

Paper Details

Date Published: 4 May 2012
PDF: 12 pages
Proc. SPIE 8403, Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications VII, 84030H (4 May 2012); doi: 10.1117/12.919629
Show Author Affiliations
Orcun Kus, Turkish Air Force War College (Turkey)
Ibrahim Kocaman, Turkish Air Force War College (Turkey)
Yucel Topcu, Turkish Air Force War College (Turkey)
Volkan Karaca, Turkish Air Force War College (Turkey)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 8403:
Modeling and Simulation for Defense Systems and Applications VII
Eric J. Kelmelis, Editor(s)

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