Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University
This research determines improved flight-path routes that make maximum utilization of terrain-masking opportunities, and defending radar and missile system equipment performance and launch timing constraints, in order to avoid radar detection and tracking, and to mitigate subsequent missile shoot-down risks. The problem is formulated as one of constrained optimization in three dimensions. Advantageous solutions are identified using the A* Algorithm in conjunction with detailed equipment performance and constraint calculations and high-resolution digital terrain elevation maps. Topographical features in digital terrain are exploited by the algorithm to avoid radar detection and tracking. The model includes provisions for all-aspect/all-frequency radar cross section variations, radar horizon masking, and specific factors relevant to the TLAM BGM-109 cruise missile and the Russian S-400 long-range and Pantsir point-defense IADS systems. Research conclusions indicate that intelligent exploitation of modeled system technical and performance capabilities and limitations yields improved survivability in conjunction with, and supplementing, terrain masking.
Scholarly Commons Citation
Pelosi, M., & Honeycutt, A. K. (2017). Cruise Missile Integrated Air Defense System Penetration: Modeling the S-400 System. International Journal of Aviation, Aeronautics, and Aerospace, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.15394/ijaaa.2017.1104