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Short range rocket-target: research, development and implementation

Algimantas Fedaravičius (Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Sigitas Kilikevičius (Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Arvydas Survila (Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)
Saulius Račkauskas (Kaunas University of Technology, Kaunas, Lithuania)

Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology

ISSN: 0002-2667

Article publication date: 25 February 2019

Issue publication date: 15 August 2019



The purpose of this paper is to present the aerodynamic analysis and external ballistics modeling used in the development of a rocket-target for short range air defence missile systems.


A computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis of the airflow around the rocket-target was carried out to estimate the drag, which was needed to develop a mathematical model for external ballistics of the rocket-target. Field-experimental testing was conducted to compare the model results to the data obtained experimentally using various additional measurement techniques such as global positioning system (GPS) coordinates marking of the crash and launch sites, air defence surveillance radar tracking and installing equipment for telemetric data capturing and transmission.


Various ballistic parameters such as the velocity and trajectory of the rocket-target were obtained taking into account the CFD analysis results and internal ballistics data. The field-experimental testing showed a good agreement between the model results and the results obtained by the experimental techniques.

Practical implications

The presented computational models and the experimental techniques could be used in future developments of similar aircraft.


This paper presents a research approach for developing a rocket-target. The results of the research were used as a basis for developing a rocket-target for short range air defence rocket systems. The developed rocket-target was successfully implemented in practice.



This work was supported by the Research Council of Lithuania, grant No. S-MIP-17-94 “Experimental Rocket: Research and Development.”


Fedaravičius, A., Kilikevičius, S., Survila, A. and Račkauskas, S. (2019), "Short range rocket-target: research, development and implementation", Aircraft Engineering and Aerospace Technology, Vol. 91 No. 7, pp. 1027-1032.



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