| Objective: ||Develop a simulation tool and supporting algorithms for dispatching multiple interceptors to destroy multiple missiles which are capable of randomly changing flight paths on approach to target.
|| Description: ||Develop a simulation tool which accurately represents a variety of defensive missile scenarios and military operations and utilizes an efficient computational algorithm to quickly and effectively analyze and integrate flight path data for missiles that are specifically designed to elude interceptors via quick and random flight path changes while approaching target. The challenge is to develop the capability for an in-flight integrated intercepting strategy for multiple interceptors tasked with destroying multiple adversarial missiles as quickly as possible while minimizing the loss of fuel, since the missiles will purposely elude interception for as long as possible to maximize the resources consumed by the interceptors. Key elements of this tool should include search-surveillance-engage modes, formation control and reconfiguration, information exchange, resource management, and flight path data fusion. The development of the proposed technology should also account for realistic constraints on the movement of the interceptors, such as minimum turning radius and maximum velocity, so that issues of coordination and cooperation among the interceptors are addressed. In addition, sets of assumptions and technology enablers used in the development of the simulation tool should be clearly specified.
|| ||PHASE I: Establish the feasibility of an innovative intercepting strategy composed of mission planning, sensor resource management, and time critical response management for a scenario which has less number of interceptors than that of missiles; missiles maneuvering in endo- and exo-atmospheric fields; target engaging with realistic propagation models; and different deception and decoy schemes.
|| || ||PHASE II: Develop a prototype demonstration of technology that can be used to represent a large class of missile defense scenarios and air/space traffic operations. A proof-of-concept should be able to assess performance and utility of different intercepting strategies via their effectiveness, computational time and convergent speed.
|| ||DUAL USE COMMERCIALIZATION: Military application: The technology not only supports several military operations including missile defense, war-gaming, and space persistent patrol, but also provides a global warfighter decision-making tool as well. Commercial application: The results of Phase II can also be applicable to a variety of commercial applications such as air traffic control, track/geo-locate and network routing.
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|Keywords: ||Multi-Agent Systems, Cooperative Control, Mission Planning, Resource Management, Response Management, Distributed Sensing, Swarming|