Performing Counter-High Energy Laser Evasive Tactics

Performing Counter-High Energy Laser Evasive Tactics

Donald P. Gaver (Operations Research Department, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA) and Patricia A. Jacobs (Operations Research Department, Naval Postgraduate School, Monterey, CA, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/joris.2013070104
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Abstract

The purpose of this article is to present several physics-based mathematical probabilistic models for Counter Directed Energy Weapon operational planning. The scenario analyzed is that of a surge of friendly Blue aircraft closing on a single High Energy Laser. The surge is a mixture of Blue active platforms, and Blue low-value decoys. Blue is targetable for a finite time. Blue response/measures of effectiveness quantify the survivability of Blue Actives. Red response is the number of Blues killed. Red defense tactics trade off longer engagement times, resulting in higher probabilities of kill, and the number of Blues it can engage in the finite time.
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The Scenario

Blue Unmanned Aerial Systems (UASs) must travel through a region to conduct intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance (ISR) missions. Blue suspects that Red may have one HEL in the region but does not know its location. To counter the possible HEL, a surge or swarm, of Blue UASs comes nearly simultaneously into the region. There are Blue actives and low-replacement-value decoys in the swarm. Suppose the Blue UASs present themselves in an equally accessible and indistinguishable way to the Red HEL. The entire surge/swarm, , is subject to attrition for a time in the Red-defended region. Time in region is presently taken as fixed, and all Blues are vulnerable during this time. Blue (B) chooses the number of Active Blues and decoys in the swarm so that the probability at least one Active Blue survives meets a specified threshold.

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