INNOVATIVE PERFORMANCE AND MANEUVERABILITY MEASURES OF MERIT FOR AIR COMBAT

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Air Force
Amount:
$567,000.00
Award Year:
1986
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase II
Contract:
n/a
Agency Tracking Number:
2092
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
Visual Aerodynamics/eidetics I
3669 W 240th St, Torrance, CA, 90505
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
n/a
Principal Investigator:
W L Hamilton
(213) 378-4060
Business Contact:
() -
Research Institution:
n/a
Abstract
CURRENT PERFORMANCE MEASURES OF MERIT DO NOT CHARACTERIZE MANEUVERS REQUIRED BY FIGHTERS TO BE EFFECTIVE WHEN USING ALL-ASPECT, SHORTRANGE MISSILES DURING AIR COMBAT. POINT PERFORMANCE COMPARISONS AND SUSTAINED PERFORMANCE COMPARISONS ARE NOT ADEQUATE INDICATORS OF A FIGHTER'S ABILITY TO MANEUVER TO ADVANTAGE. NEITHER COMPARISON ACCOUNTS FOR THE EFFECTS OF TIME COMPRESSION ON MANEUVERS, NOR ADDRESSES MANEUVERS THAT RAPIDLY EXCHANGE ENERGY FOR NOSE POSITION BY USE OF PITCH AND ROLL CONTROLS. NEW MEASURES OF MERIT ARE REQUIRED THAT CHARACTERIZE AND QUANTIFY A FIGHTER'S ABILITY TO ACCELERATE. DECELERATE, MAXIMIZE TURN RATE WHILE MINIMIZING TURN RADIUS, AND CHANGE PLANE OF MANEUVER BY ROLLING WHILE TURNING. THE OBJECTIVE OF THE PROPOSED STUDY IS TO VALIDATE CANDIDATE MEASURES OF MERIT THAT ADDRESS THESE CURRENTLY UNDERFINED AREAS OF FIGHTER PERFORMANCE. A LARGE VOLUME OF THE ACM DATA WILL BE ANALYZED USING THE CUBIC TACTS/ ACMI SYSTEM TO EXTRACT APPROPRIATE PARAMETERS. ENTRY AIRSPEEDS, ALTITUDES, ATTITUDES, ENERGY STATES, CONTROL POSITIONS, ETC., CAN BE EXTRACTED FROM THE DATA TAPES FOR PARMETER VALIDATION.

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