Title: Real-time battery system aided by Unmanned Aerial Vehicles for attacking multiple moving targets

Authors: Young Hwan Sohn, Hokey Min

Addresses: Defense Technology Management Center, Technovalue Co., Ltd., #701, World Meridian Biz Center, 15-1, Yangpyeong-dong 3ga, Yeongdeungpo-gu, Seoul 150-103, Korea. ' Department of Management, BAA 3008C, College of Business Administration, Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, OH 43403, USA

Abstract: The timely repositioning of a long-range weapon, such as missiles, is crucial to attack moving targets. This paper proposes a stochastic model where Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) are utilised to aid a battery of long-range weapons in acquiring moving targets, assessing their battle damage, and incorporating such information into the repositioning. A closed-form expression for the time-dependent state probabilities of the system is developed, which is used to estimate several important combat measures: the time-varying mean and variance of the number of surviving UAVs and surviving enemy targets; the mission success and failure rate and the probability of a combat draw; the mean and variance of the combat duration time.

Keywords: military operations research; logistics; UAVs; unmanned aerial vehicles; stochastic combat; unmanned vehicles; long-range weapons; stochastic modelling; moving targets; battle damage assessment; weapon repositioning.

DOI: 10.1504/IJOR.2009.023534

International Journal of Operational Research, 2009 Vol.4 No.4, pp.363 - 389

Available online: 27 Feb 2009 *

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