RESEARCH PAPERS: Papers on Control Mechanics

Implementing Air Combat Guidance Laws

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A. W. Merz

Lockheed Research Laboratories, Palo Alto, CA 94304

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 111(4), 605-608 (Dec 01, 1989) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3153101 History: Received January 15, 1988; Online July 21, 2009


The one-on-one air combat problem has been studied by both theoreticians and pilots, beginning with the “dogfights” of World War I. Since that time, aircraft and weapon capabilities have vastly increased, but no comparable improvements in pilot tactics or maneuver algorithms have been acknowledged. The advent of new sensors and onboard computing capabilities suggest that the theory of differential games may be applied to this problem. A review of the work done in this field is followed by discussion of a practical method of convincing the pilot of the validity of this theory.

Copyright © 1989 by ASME
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