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Master of Science


Department of Operational Sciences

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Gregory A. McIntyre, PhD


This project is a simulation evaluation of the developmental standoff precision airdrop (SOPAD) capability. SOPAD is a new technology under consideration to deliver supplies to forward-deployed units using either a semi-rigid wing or a guided parafoil. These delivery systems allow airdrop of supplies from altitudes of 25,000 feet and distances 25 miles from the delivery point. Using global positioning system guidance, on board navigational computers, and automatic steering mechanisms, the delivery system flies to the target following a designated flight plan. The concept includes delivering supplies to remote and potentially hostile areas without endangering the supply aircraft. In addition, supplies can be delivered to multiple locations from a single aircraft. The Air Force's THUNDER model was used to simulate the SOPAD capability and observe the impact in the simulated combat environment. The scenario places a light infantry brigade in a position where supply by ground is prohibited due to terrain limitations and it must hold its position until relief forces are available. The unit must fight for a one-week period being resupplied only through airdrop. The results of the simulation are measured through aircraft attrition, unit strength, forward line of troops movement, and the supplies delivered to the unit.

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