Agile turn control considerations for air-to-air missile with reaction jet control system

Peng Wang, Wanchun Chen, Hui Zou, Xingliang Yin

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The control problem of the air-to-air missile during the agile turn phase was investigated by using the reaction jet control system, which can increase the off-borsight capability of short-range air-to-air missile and the capability of intercepting the rear hemispherical target. A method was proposed to control the orientation of the missile velocity by controlling the attitude of the missile, and this method was proved feasible in theoretically. Considering the on-off property of the reaction jet control system, the sliding mode control method is used for attitude control. A sufficient condition for the reachability of the sliding mode is that the moment provided by the reaction jet control system should be no less than the maximum aerodynamic pitch moment. The feedback gain can be selected by nonlinear simulation or optimization. The results of nonlinear simulation show the feasibility of the agile turn method. The sliding mode attitude control method was proved effective according to the results.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)395-399
Number of pages5
JournalBeijing Hangkong Hangtian Daxue Xuebao/Journal of Beijing University of Aeronautics and Astronautics
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2004
Externally publishedYes


  • Air-to-air missile
  • Attitude control
  • Guided missile control
  • On-off control


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