Accession Number : ADA620888


Title :   Vertical Launch System Loadout Planner


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA


Personal Author(s) : Wiederholt, Michael L


Full Text : http://www.dtic.mil/get-tr-doc/pdf?AD=ADA620888


Report Date : Mar 2015


Pagination or Media Count : 75


Abstract : Operational planners strive to find ways to load missiles on Vertical Launch System (VLS) ships to meet mission requirements in their Area of Responsibility (AOR). Requirements are variable: there are missions requiring specific types of missiles; each ship may have distinct capability or capacity to meet every mission; each ship may have a set number of missiles in inventory; and each mission will have a different priority. As a result, the missile-to-ship assignment is labor intensive. Operational planners manually specify the missile loadout, providing recommendations with no assurance that some other plan might not be much better in practice. This thesis provides operational planners with a programming tool, the VLS Loadout Planner (VLP), to advise the optimal loadout for VLS ships deploying to be ready to execute demanding and high-threat missions. This research employs the VLP model to demonstrate the optimal missile loadout and mission coverage of two fictitious war plans, with 52 missions, on a two-deployment cycle, using 21 VLS-capable ships, and employing a variety of seven types of missiles. The thesis concludes that VLP provides operational planners a recommended loadout for every ship deploying to 7th Fleet (Western Pacific) AOR.


Descriptors :   *ANTIAIRCRAFT DEFENSE SYSTEMS , *GUIDED MISSILES , *MILITARY PLANNING , AIR DEFENSE , CAPACITY(QUANTITY) , COMPUTER PROGRAMMING , DECISION MAKING , INTEGER PROGRAMMING , LAUNCHING , LINEAR PROGRAMMING , MILITARY REQUIREMENTS , MISSIONS , NAVAL VESSELS(COMBATANT) , OPERATIONAL READINESS , OPTIMIZATION , PACIFIC OCEAN , SCENARIOS , SURFACE TO AIR MISSILES , THESES , THREATS , VARIABLES , WARFARE


Subject Categories : Operations Research
      Antiaircraft Defense Systems
      Surface-launched Guided Missiles


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