Date of Award
Master of Science
Department of Engineering Physics
Steven T. Fiorino, PhD.
The 1976 U.S. standard atmosphere, a 50th percentile climatological profile, a ground observation based profile, and 48, 24, and 12 hour GFS forecast derived profiles are compared to actual sounding data and characterized for meteorological parameter predictive performance. Predictive HEL engagement performance is analyzed through AFIT/CDEs HELTDA for relevant engagement scenarios for multiple wavelengths. Operational optimization is demonstrated utilizing GFS forecast predictions in nearly all cases. Ground observation-based profiles prove advantageous for certain wavelengths regardless of decisive predictive capability in vertical profile characterization methods revealing wavelength dependence attributed to the multivariate nature of HEL energy propagation. Specific cases are analyzed and demonstrate dwell time optimization and tactical advantages possible with altitude, heading, and flight profile modifications. Results indicate that in a majority of cases, existing conditions may be exploited for an operational advantage in the employment of directed weapons if correctly anticipated and analyzed.
DTIC Accession Number
Burley, Jarred L., "Comparison of High Energy Laser Expected Dwell Times and Probability of Kill for Mission Planning Scenarios in Actual and Standard Atmosphere" (2012). Theses and Dissertations. 1171.