Comparisons of Ballistic Trajectory Simulations Using Artillery Meteorological Messages Derived from Local Balloon Data and Battlescale Forecast Model Data for the 1998 SADARM IOT&E Firings

Report No. ARL-TR-1018
Authors: Terry C. Jameson, Saba A. Luces and Dave Knapp
Date/Pages: November 2001; 51 pages
Abstract: This report describes meteorological (Met) analyses of data collected during the Sense and Destroy Armor (SADARM)Initial Operational Test & Evaluation (IOT&E) firings that occurred during the summer of 1998 at Fort Greeley, Alaska. Due to the complex terrain and local wind conditions encountered in the test area during the IOT&E, the Met study was proposed as a way to evaluate current and future artillery Met forecasting capabilities to improve SADARM targeting accuracy. This report includes Ballistic trajectory simulation analyses using raw and forecast Met values and corresponding actual impact data from the IOT&E firings.
Distribution: Approved for public release
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Last Update / Reviewed: November 1, 2001