Evaluation of missile guidance and control systems on a personal computer

Armando Rodriguez, Mitchell L. Sonne

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A Windows/C/C++ personal computer-based program is developed and used to evaluate the performance of missile guidance and control systems. The program simulates a high-performance missile in pursuit of an evading target. The simulation includes realistic missile and actuator dynamics, an autopilot, several missile guidance laws, a seeker/ navigation system model, various target models, and several integration methods. Missile-target intercepts are simulated and graphically displayed using the C/ C++ programming language. This represents a considerable improvement over previous research due to the object-oriented structure, speed, maintainability, and ease of debugging that C/C++ offers. For modularity, the program is organized into three blocks: program-user interface, simulation, and graphics. Various simulations are presented to demonstrate the utility of the program in the evaluation of missile guidance and control systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)363-376
Number of pages14
Issue number6
StatePublished - Jun 1997


  • Autopilot
  • Computer-aided analysis
  • Computer-aided design
  • Control system
  • Graphics interface
  • Guidance
  • Missile
  • PC

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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