Optimization for fighter aircraft vertical-plane maneuvering using poststall flight

Kazuhiro Horie, Bruce A. Conway

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A time-optimal, vertical-plane, evasive-offensive maneuver using poststall flight is found for a fighter aircraft similar to an F-16. An evader aircraft initially followed by a pursuer aircraft transfers position using the vertical-plane maneuver, becoming the pursuer. The aircraft that was initially the pursuer is assumed to continue flight at constant velocity and constant altitude. A direct numerical method, collocation with nonlinear programming, proves well suited for solving this problem. The evader aircraft's optimal trajectory is found to be a cobra maneuver, one of the vertical poststall maneuvers. Allowing the evader to use thrust vectoring yields a small improvement in final time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1017-1021
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Aircraft
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jan 1 2000

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Aerospace Engineering


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