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In the modern day theatre of combat, the need to be able to strike at targets that are on the opposite side of the globe has strongly presented itself. This had led to the development of various types of guided missiles. These guided missiles are self -guiding weapons intended to maximize damage to the target while minimizing collateral damage. The buzzword in modern day combat is fire and forget. GPS guided missiles, using the exceptional navigational and surveying abilities of GPS, after being launched, could deliver a warhead to any part of the globe via the interface pof the onboard computer in the missile with the GPS satellite system. Under this principle many modern day laser weapons were designed. Laser guided missiles use a laser of a certain frequency bandwidth to acquire their target. GPS/inertial weapons are oblivious to the effects of weather, allowing a target to be engaged at the time of the attacker's choosing. GPS allows accurate targeting of various military weapons including ICBMs, cruise missiles and precision-guided munitions. Artillery project and implimentationiles with embedded GPS receivers able to withstand accelerations of 12,000 G have been developed for use in 155 mm. GPS signals can also be affected by multipath issues, where the radio signals reflect off surrounding terrain; buildings, canyon walls, hard ground , etc. These delayed signals can cause inaccuracy. A variety of techniques, most notably narrow correlator spacing, have been developed to mitigate multipath errors. Multipath effects are much less severe in moving vehicles. When the GPS antenna is moving, the false solutions using reflected signals quickly fail to converge and only the direct signals result in stable solutions. The multiple independently targeted re-entry vehicles (MIRVs) “ ICBMs with many sub-missiles “ were developed in the late 1960s. The cruise missile has wings like an airplane, making it ca pable of flying at low altitudes. In summary, GPS-INS guided weapons are not affected by harsh weather conditions or restricted by a wire, nor do they leave the gunner vulnerable for attack. GPS guided weapons, with their technological advances over previous, are the superior weapon of choice in modern day warfare.
1). Introduction to missile guidance : Guided missile systems have evolved at a tremendous rate over the past four decades, and recent breakthroughs in technology ensure that smart warheads will have an increasing role in maintaining our military superiority. On ethical grounds, one prays that each warhead deployed during a sortie will strike only its intended target, and that innocent civilians will not be harmed by a misfire. From a tactical standpoint, our military desires weaponry that is reliable and effective, inflicting maximal damage on valid military targets and ensuring our capacity for light ingfast strikes with pinpoint accuracy. Guided missile systems help fulfill all of these demands. 1.1).
Concept of missile guidance : Missile guidance concerns the method by which the missile receives its commands to move along a certain path to reach a target. On some missiles, these commands are generated internally by the missile computer autopilot. On others, the commands are transmitted to the missile by Some external source.
Fig 1.1 Concept of missile guidance The missile sensor or seeker, on the other hand, is a component within a missile that generates data fed into the missile computer. This data is processed by the computer and used to generate guidance commands. Sensor types commonly used today include infrared, radar, and the global positioning system. Based on the relative position between the missile and the target at any given point in flight, the computer autopilot sends commands to the control surfaces to adjust the missile's course.
1.2). Types of missile guidance : Many of the early guidance systems used in missiles where based on gyroscope models. Many of these models used magnets in their gyroscope to increase the sensitivity of the navigational array. In modern day warfare, the inertial measurements of the missile are still controlled by a gyroscope in one form or another, but the method by which the missile approaches the target bears a technological edge. On the battlefield of today, guided missiles are guided to or acquire their targets by using: ¢ Radar signal ¢ Wires ¢ Lasers (or) ¢ Most recently
GPS. 1.2.1). Missile guidance using radar s ignal : Many machines used in battle, such as tanks, planes, etc. and targets, such as buildings, hangers, launch pads, etc. have a specific signature when a radar wave is reflected off of it. Guided missiles that use radar signatures to acquire their targ ets are programmed with the specific signature to home in on. Once the missile is launched, it then uses its onboard navigational array to home in on the preprogrammed radar signature. Most radar guided missiles are very successful in acquiring their targets, however, these missiles need a source to pump out radar signals so that they can acquire their target. The major problem with these missiles in todayâ„¢s battlefield is that the countermeasures used against these missiles work on the same principles that these missiles operate under. The countermeasures home in on the radar signal source and destroy the antenna array, which essential shuts down the radar source, and hence the radar guided missiles cannot acquire their targets
1.2.2). Missile guidance using wires : Wire guided missiles do not see the target. Once the missile is launched, the missile proceeds in a linear direction from the launch vehicle. Miles of small, fine wire are wound in the tail section of the missile and unwind as the missile travels to the target. Along this wire, the gunner sends navigational signals directing the missile to the target. If for some reason the wire breaks, the missile will never acquire the target. Wire guided missiles carry no instrument array that would allow them to acquire a target. One strong downside to wire guided missiles is the fact that the vehicle from which the missile is fired must stay out in the open to guide the missile to its target. This leaves the launch vehicle vulnerable to attack, which on the ba ttlefield one wants to avoid at all costs.
1.2.3). Missile guidance using lasers :In modern day weaponry the buzzword is fire and forget. Under this principle many modern day laser weapons were designed. Laser guided missiles use a laser of a certain frequency bandwidth to acquire their target. The gunner sights the target using a laser; this is called painting the target. When the missile is launched it uses its onboard instrumentation to look for the heat signature created by the laser on the target. Once the missile locates the heat signature, the target is acquired, and the missile will home in on the target even if the target is moving. Despite the much publicized success of laser guided missiles, laser guided weapons are no good in the rain or in weather conditions where there is sufficient cloud cover. To overcome the shortcomings of laser guided missiles presented in unsuitable atmospheric conditions and radar guided missiles entered GPS as a method of navigating the missile to the target. So, before going to GPS guided missile we will have an introduction to GPS.
2.1). What is meant by GPS ? GPS, which stands for Global Positioning System, is the only system today able to show us our exact position on the Earth anytime, in any weather, anywhere. GPS satellites, 24 in all, orbit at 11,000 nautical miles above the Earth. Ground stations located worldwide continuously monitor them. The satellites transmit signals that can be detected by anyone with a GPS receiver. Using the receiver, you can determine your location with great precision.
2.2). Elements of GPS : GPS has three parts: the space segment, the user segment, and the control segment. The space segment consists of a constellation of 24 satellites plus some spares, each in its own orbit 11,000 nautical miles above Earth. The user segment consists of receivers, which we can hold in our hand or mount in a vehicle. The control segment consist, of ground stations that make sure the satellites are working properly.
2.3.1).Working of DGPS : 1.) Technique called differential correction can yield accuracies within 1 -5 meters, or even better, with advanced equipment. 2.) Differential correction requires a second GPS receiver, a base station, collecting data at a stationary position on a precisely known point (typically it is a surveyed benchmark). 3.) Because physical location of base station is known, a correction factor can be computed by comparing known location with GPS location determined by using satellites. 4.) Differential correction process takes this correction factor and applies it to GPS data collected by the GPS receiver in the field. -- Differential correction eliminates most of errors.
3.1). Working Of inertial Navigation system: Inertial navigation relies on devices onboard the missile that senses its motion and acceleration in different directions. These devices are called gyroscopes and accelerometers. Fig 1.2 Mechanical, fiber optic, and ring laser gyroscopes The purpose of a gyroscope i s to measure angular rotation, and a number of different Methods to do so have been devised. A classic mechanical gyroscope senses the stability of a mass rotating on gimbals. More recent ring laser gyros and fiber optic gyros are based on the interference between laser beams. Current advances in Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) offer the potential to develop gyroscopes that are very small and inexpensive While gyroscopes measure angular motion, accelerometers measure linear motion. The accelerations from these devices are translated into electrical signals for processing by the missile computer autopilot. When a gyroscope and an accelerometer are combined into a single device along with a control mechanism, it is called an inertial measurement unit (IMU) or inertial navigation system (INS). Fig.1.3 Inertial navigation concept The INS uses these two devices to sense motion relative to a point of origin Inertial navigation works by telling the missile where it is at the time of launch and how it should move in terms of both distance and rotation over the course of its flight. The missile computer uses signals from the INS to measure these motions and insure that the missile travels along its proper - programmed path. Inertial navigation systems are widel y used on all kinds of aerospace vehicles, including weapons, military aircraft, commercial airliners, and spacecraft. Many missiles use inertial methods for midcourse guidance, including AMRAAM, Storm Shadow, Meteor, and Tomahawk.
4.1). Satellite guided weapons : The problem of poor visibility does not affect satellite-guided weapons such as JDAM (Joint Direct Attack Munitions) , which uses satellite navigation systems, specifically the GPS system. This offers improved accuracy compared to laser systems, and can operate in all weather conditions, without any need for ground support. Because it is possible to jam GPS, the bomb reverts to inertial navigation in the event of losing the GPS signal. Inertial navigation is significantly less accurate; JDAM achieves a CEP of 13 m under GPS guidance, but typically only 30 m under inertial guidance. Further, the inertial guidance CEP increases as the dropping altitude increases, while the GPS CEP does not.The precision of these weapons is dependent both on the precision of the measurement system used for location determination and the precision in setting the coordinates of the target. The latter critically depends on intelligence information, not all of which is accurate. However, if the targeting information is accurate, satellite-guided weapons are significantly more likely to achieve a successful strike in any given weather conditions than any other type of precision guided munition.
4.2 MISSILE GUIDANCE USING GPS : The central idea behind the design of DGPS/GPS/inertial guided weapons is that of using a 3- axis gyro/accelerometer package as an inertial reference for the weapon's autopilot, and correcting the accumulated drift error in the inertial package by using GPS PPS/P-code. Such weapons are designated as "accurate" munitions as they will offer CEPs (Circular Error Probable) of the order of the accuracy of GPS P -code signals, typically about 40ft. Fig.1.4. Global Positioning System used in ranging navigation guidance . The next incremental step is then to update the weapon before launch with a DGPS derived position estimate, which will allow it to correct its GPS error as it flies to the target, such weapons are designated "precise" and will offer accuracies greater than laser or TV guided weapons, potentially CEPs of several feet.For an aircraft to support such munitions, it will require a DGPS receiver, a GPS receiver and interfaces on its multiple ejector racks or pylons to download target and launch point coordinates to the weapons. The development of purely GPS/inertial guided munitions will produce substantial changes in how air warfare is conducted. Unlike a laser-guided weapon, a GPS/inertial weapon does not require t hat the launch aircraft remain in the vicinity of the target to illuminate it for guidance - GPS/inertial weapons are true fire-and-forget weapons, which once released, are wholly autonomous, and all weather capable with no degradation in accuracy. Existing precision weapons require an unobscured line of sight between the weapon and the target for the optical guidance to work. 5.
OTHER APPLICATIONS OF GPS : GPS is the most powerful navigation system used in a miracle of military, commercial, civil, and scientific application. GPS has already been incorporated into naval ships, submarines, and military aircraft. 1.) Navigation System Timing and Ranging (NAVSTAR) GPS is now available at any time, in any weather, and at any place on or above the earth. NAVSTAR also provides precise time within a millionth of a second to synchronize the atomic clocks used in various military applications. 2.) GPS is even used in locating the present position of living and non living things, this is the concept which is used in famou s GOOGLE EARTH. Figure: showing Applications o f GPS 6.
CONCLUSIONS : The proliferation of GPS and INS guidance is a double-edged sword. On the one hand, this technology promise a revolution in air warfare not seen since the laser guided bomb, with single bombers being capable of doing the task of multiple aircraft packages. In summary, GPS-INS guided weapons are not affected by harsh weather conditions or restricted by a wire, nor do they leave the gunner vulnerable for attack. GPS guided weapons, with their technological advances over previous, are the superior weapon of choice in modern day warfare.
7. REFERENCES: 1) GPS Theory and Practice. B. Hofmann - Wellenhof, H. Lichtenegger, and J. Collins. Springer- Verlag Wien. New York. 1997. Pg [1-17, 76]. 2) ttp:// cd200/icd200cw1234.pdf 3) E.D. Kaplan, Understanding GPS: Principles and Applications. 4)aeronews/current/gpsorbit. html.
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