This best-selling title
provides an in-depth look into tactical and strategic missile guidance,
considering proven guidance methods from various points of view. The sixth
edition includes six new chapters on topics related to improving missile
guidance system performance and understanding key design concepts and
tradeoffs. In addition, the original FORTRAN source code has now been converted
into the widely used MATLAB programming language.
The book aims to lay the
foundation for meeting today’s new challenges facing guidance engineers. In
this latest edition, the new chapters feature:
applications of the method of adjoints for mixed continuous-discrete systems.
A new guidance law
that can be used to shape the interceptor trajectory against a stationary
target. Also considered is both the problem of finding the minimum achievable
miss distance of a radar homing missile and exploring practical techniques that
can be used to achieve the minimum possible miss.
An introduction of
the differential game guidance law with bounded controls and a demonstration of
its performance improvements over conventional guidance laws under challenging
Techniques for graphically
presenting strategic information on successful intercepts of an impulsive
ballistic target being pursued by an impulsive interceptor.
An examination of
two filtering options for the boost-phase intercept of a strategic target.
A look into some of
the guidance and control issues involved in enabling an air-launched
interceptor carrying a highly maneuverable kinetic kill vehicle to perform an
exoatmospheric intercept of a boosting threat target that is capable of
traveling many thousands of kilometers.
With numerous new examples and
easy-to-understand graphs and explanations, Tactical and Strategic Missile
Guidance is an indispensable guide for both the expert and the novice.
Paul Zarchan has a BSEE from the City
College of New York and an MSEE from Columbia University. He has more than 40
years' experience in the missile guidance and control field, has worked as
Principal Engineer for Raytheon, Senior Research Engineer with the Israeli Ministry
of Defense, and a Principal Member of the Technical Staff at Draper Laboratory,
and is currently on the technical staff at MIT Lincoln Laboratory. Co-author of
Fundamentals of Kalman Filtering: A
Practical Approach (ISBN 978-1-60086-718-7), he teaches popular AIAA
professional development courses on strategic and tactical missile guidance and