Nonlinear H robust guidance law for homing missiles

Ciann Dong Yang, Hsin Yuan Chen

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This paper proposes an H robust guidance law for homing missiles with nonlinear kinematics in the homing phase. Unlike conventional approaches where target's acceleration is often assumed to be known or needs to be estimated in real time, the proposed robust guidance law can achieve performance robustness in the absence of target's acceleration information and under variations of the initial conditions of engagement. The most difficult and challenging task involved in applying nonlinear H control theory is the solution of the associated Hamilton-Jacobi partial differential inequality. In this paper we show that the Hamilton-Jacobi partial differential inequality of the missile guidance problem can be solved analytically with simple manipulations. The numerical simulations show that the H robust guidance law exhibits strong robustness properties against disturbances from target's maneuvers and variations in initial engagement conditions.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)882-890
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Guidance, Control, and Dynamics
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 1998

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering
  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Space and Planetary Science


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