AiMT Volume 10 (2015), Issue 2

Study on Dynamic Performance of Armoured Vehicle in Lateral Direction due to Firing Impact

V. R. Aparow, K. Hudha, M. M. Hamdan and S. Abdullah

This manuscript analysed the performance of 17 DOF wheeled armoured vehicle due to recoil force, in lateral direction. The vehicle model consisted of 7 DOF ride and handling, Pacejka Magic tire, 2 DOF Pitman Arm steering and 1 DOF gun turret models. A yaw moment occurred at the Centre of Gravity (CG) of the vehicle caused by the recoil force from gun. This recoil force creates instability conditions and affects the travelling path of the vehicle during firing. The vehicle model is evaluated using the firing angle of 45° and 90°, calibre size of 57 and 75 mm at speeds, 40 and 60 km/h. The vehicle model is evaluated in terms of yaw rate and angle, vehicle sideslip angle, lateral acceleration and displacement.

Keywords: Armoured vehicle, firing recoil force, firing angle, lateral motion, yaw motion.

Pages: 5 - 20   [References]   [Download Citation]

Application of Fuzzy Graph Models for Finding Rational Route

N. Lytvynenko, O. Lytvynenko

A commander solves a lot of problems which contain uncertainties during the planning and organization of the army unit march due to the impact of combat situation factors and meteorological conditions. The best model for the problem solving of finding routes for movement of military units between two points is the marked graph. The article is devoted to the question of finding the rational (in the sense of the most comfortable) route through fuzzy graph models.

Keywords: Rational route, Army, movements, march, membership function, graph.

Pages: 21 - 29   [References]   [Download Citation]

Underwater Bearings-Only Passive Target Tracking Using Estimate Fusion Technique

D.V.A.N. Ravi Kumar, S. Koteswara Rao and K. Padma Raju

Estimate Fusion Technique (EFT) for Bearings–Only passive target tracking involves a process of estimating the state of a moving target by fusing the estimates given by different Nonlinear estimators which are driven by different Bearing measurements supplied by towed array. The estimates are fused with the help of a Weighted Least squares Estimator. This novel method has an advantage over the traditional nonlinear Estimators such as the Extended Kalman Filter (EKF) and Unscented Kalman Filter (UKF) in terms of estimation errors which is proved in this paper by performing simulation in Matlab R2009a for a wartime scenario.

Keywords: Estimate Fusion Technique, Bearings–Only Passive Target Tracking, Towed Array, Extended Kalman Filter, Unscented Kalman Filter.

Pages: 31 - 44   [References]   [Download Citation]

Selected Elements Influencing Pilot Situational Awareness

J. Kozuba and J. Pila

The article discusses the influence of pilot’s knowledge, skills, experience, as well as the influence of technical and environmental factors on pilot’s ability to build a proper Situational Awareness (SA) state during an aviation operational activity. Moreover, the decision-making process and SA process were defined, and their dependence from the perspective of some aspects of abilities presented by pilot as well. Authors’ conclusions are based mainly on their own research supported by results of research available in the specialist literature.

Keywords: Decision-making process, SA, human factor, aviation safety.

Pages: 45 - 55   [References]   [Download Citation]

Testing Aptitudes as Part of the Selection Process of Air Traffic Controllers by the Czech Armed Forces

D. Langr, V. Kalvoda and V. Pokorný

The article concerns with a process of the air traffic controllers (ATCo) selection in the Czech Armed Forces. It describes current state of this process and balances it briefly against the civil sector and some NATO armies. The text comes out from the assumption that the air traffic control profession is the profession specific by its work content and workload and so it has special requirements on its candidates. The authors occupy themselves with the thought of how effective is the process of the air traffic controllers selection without testing the candidates’ aptitude to use simulation technologies.

Keywords: Process of selection of ATCo, testing of aptitudes, professional simulation tasks, simulation technology.

Pages: 57 - 67   [References]   [Download Citation]

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
Fire Protection Systems in the Ilyushin Il-28: The Only Jet Bomber in the Czechoslovak and Czech History

O. Zavila

The article is focused on fire protection systems in the now historic Ilyushin Il-28, the only aircraft in the history of Czechoslovakia and the Czech Republic designed solely as a bomber and equipped with jet engines. The article presents statistics of air accidents of this type of aircraft and their causes, emergency procedures for on-board fires and a description of the fire-fighting and inert gas systems. Due to difficulties in accessing the now scarce resources related to historical information of technical nature on the subject, the contents of the following paragraphs can be considered unique.

Keywords: Czechoslovak People's Army, carbon dioxide, fire, jet bomber, inert gas system.

Pages: 71 - 79   [References]   [Download Citation]

TECHNICAL INFORMATION
F-35 - Win or Loss for the USA and their Partners?

T. Schóber and P. Puliš

Joint Strike Fighter evolved into the world's largest and most expensive weapons program. The information flow from the media is keeping us informed about the achievements and mishaps of the program almost on week basis. The aim of this paper is, according to numerous articles and official reports, to evaluate and analyse current status of the program from the developmental and financial point of view, and to outline future trends, possible limitations and hidden risks for the projected customers. This article also compares the cost growth, factors contributing to cost growth, and operational and strategic risk of past joint and single-service programs.

Keywords: F-35, Aircraft, Development, Design, Procurement, Capability.

Pages: 81 - 94   [References]   [Download Citation]

BOOK REVIEW
Armour: Materials, Theory, and Design

S. Rolc

Pages: 97 - 98