Three-Dimensional Formation Flight with Generalized Explicit Guidance

  • Raziye Tekin Roketsan Missiles
  • Koray Erer Roketsan Missiles
Keywords: Formation Flight, Virtual Leader, Tail-Chase, Vector Guidance


In this study, a three-dimensional formation flight guidance approach is developed. The proposed method has three aspects to be considered: the formation geometry, the virtual leader, and the tail-chase engagement. Upon deciding on the formation geometry, virtual leaders that are rigidly attached to the leader are generated accordingly. Afterwards, the virtual leaders are pursued in tail-chase fashion by the followers. The trajectory tracking of the virtual leaders is accomplished by the so-called generalized vector explicit guidance, which controls the three-dimensional acceleration vector of the followers. The arrowhead formation with one leader and four followers is simulated and the performance is discussed.


How to Cite
R. Tekin and K. Erer, “Three-Dimensional Formation Flight with Generalized Explicit Guidance”, JAST, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 201-206, Jul. 2020.