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Aircraft Trajectory Optimization with Tactical Constraints
KTH, Superseded Departments, Aeronautical and Vehicle Engineering.
2004 (English)Doctoral thesis, comprehensive summary (Other scientific)
Abstract [en]

Aircrafttrajectory optimization is traditionally used forminimizing fuel consumption or time when going from one flightstate to another. This thesis presents a possible approach toincorporate tactical constraints in aircraft trajectoryoptimization.

The stealth technology of today focuses on making thetactics already in use more effective. Since tactics andstealth are closely interrelated, new and better results may beobtained if both aspects are considered simultaneously. Simplyreducing the radar cross section area in some directionswithout considering tactical aspects may result in little, ifany, improvement.

Flight tests have been performed in cooperation withEricsson Microwave Systems and the Swedish Air Force FlightAcademy. The aircraft used was the subsonic jet trainer Saab105, designated SK60 by the Swedish Air Force. The results showa decrease of 40% in the time interval between the instant theaircraft was first detected until it could pass above the radarstation. This corresponds to a reduced radar cross section(RCS) in the direction from the aircraft to the radar of almost90%, if classical RCS reduction techniques would have beenapplied.

If a modern aircraft with stealth properties would be used,the proposed methodology is believed to increase the possibleimprovements further. This is because the variation of themagnitude of RCS in different directions is greater for a shapeoptimized aircraft, which is the property exploited by thedeveloped method.

The methods presented are indeed an approach utilizing theideas of the network centric warfare (NCW) concept. Themethodology presented depends on accurate information about theadversary, while also providing up-to-date information to theother users in the information network.

The thesis focuses on aircraft but the methods are generaland may be adapted for missiles, shipsor land vehicles. Theproposed methods are also economically viable since they areuseful for existing platforms without costly modifications. Themethods presented are not limited to radar threats only. Thereasons for using radar in this thesis are the availablenon-classified data and that radar is known to pose a majorthreat against aircraft.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Stockholm: Farkost och flyg , 2004. , 33 p.
Trita-AVE, ISSN 1651-7660 ; 2004:11
Keyword [en]
trajectory optimization, radar cross section, stealth, radar range constraints, network centric warfare, tactical constraints, multidisciplinary optimization
National Category
Aerospace Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-3796ISBN: 91-7283-727-6OAI: diva2:9649
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2004-06-11, 00:00
Available from: 2004-06-10 Created: 2004-06-10 Last updated: 2012-03-23Bibliographically approved

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