GMDT – GMSPAZIO Missile Defence Tool-Kit

GMDT is a powerful yet simple software environment where evaluating the performance of Missile Defence System (1). GMDT works side by side with STK (Systems Tool-Kit) in order to quantify the most important metrics characterizing the performance of such kind of systems against any type of incoming ballistic threat missile.

Coping with the aforementioned literature definition, GMDT modular architecture includes:

– The Missile Designer Module (MDM) allows the definition and storage of enemy missile characteristics for performance calculation and display;

– The Missile Propagation Module (MPM) propagates (if applicable) enemy missile from the launch site to the target and interceptor from the defence battery to the threat;;

– The Defence Network Module (DNM) evaluates the performances of the defence system (sensor network + interceptor) and defines system metrics.

Using Missile Designer Module (MDM) the user can define his own database of missiles (both threats and interceptors) defining notional characteristics like Structural and Propellant Mass, Isp, etc.; the second step of this phase is the definition of operations’ scenario to include the physical environment in terms of launch sites, targets location, defence sensor network (Early Warning Radars and Fire Control Radars) and interceptor launch sites.

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The Missile Propagation Module (MPM) assists end user during the simulation of the created scenario to assess several metrics like: travel times, detection and reaction delays and interceptor fire times windows.

The user will be then able to perform end-to-end analysis over a complete set of scenarios involving short, medium and long range ballistic missiles and interceptors.

Last but not least the Defence Network Module (DNM) evaluates and assesses the most important metrics useful to evaluate MDS reaction performance to any given threat, integrating all the involved assets (threats, interceptors, and sensors network) discriminating  access times across different sensors typologies to evaluate the effectiveness of defence systems.

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GMDT is not intended to be a missile design tool, it’s instead a framework supporting the evaluation and analysis of attacking and interceptor missiles’ performance, based on the specifications stored in the databases. The accuracy of the results mostly depends on the input values, considering that several assumptions have been made in order to simplify the (very complex) task of integrating 6-DOF equations of motion over time.

1. MDS (Missile Defence Systems) are used in the detection, tracking, interception, and destruction of attacking missiles. Originally conceived as a defence against nuclear-armed intercontinental ballistic missiles (ICBMs), its application has broadened to include shorter-ranged non-nuclear tactical and theatre missiles. Since ballistic missiles have different ranges, speeds, size and performance characteristics, the MDS are an integrated, “layered” architecture that provides multiple opportunities to destroy missiles and their warheads before they can reach their targets.”

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GMDT offers integrated Modeling & Simulations capabilities to model Missile Defense Network performance.

GMDT models and simulates ICBM, MRBM, SRBM single and multiple stages, ballistic and guided missiles scenarios.

Project Details

Date December 23, 2016
Categories Defence

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