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A preference-ordered discrete-gaming approach to air-combat analysis

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2 Author(s)
Kelley, Henry J. ; Analytical Mechanics Associates, Incorporated, Jericho, NY, USA ; Lefton, L.

An approach to one-on-one air-combat analysis is described which employs discrete gaming of a parameterized model featuring choice between several closed-loop control policies. A preference-ordering formulation due to Falco is applied to rational choice between outcomes: win, loss, mutual capture, purposeful disengagement, draw. Approximate optimization is provided by an active-cell scheme similar to Falco's obtained by a "backing up" process similar to that of Kopp. The approach is designed primarily for short-duration duels between craft with large-envelope weaponry. Some illustrative computations are presented for an example modeled using constant-speed vehicles and very rough estimation of energy shifts.

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Automatic Control, IEEE Transactions on  (Volume:23 ,  Issue: 4 )