Application of an optimal control algorithm for a gyroscope system of a homing air-to-air missile

    Izabela Krzysztofik Affiliation
    ; Zbigniew Koruba Affiliation


Missile homing precision depends mainly on the correct determination of the current angle between the Gyroscope System Axis (GSA) and the target line-of-sight (LOS). A gyroscope automatic control system shall ensure spontaneous levelling of this angle, hence, constant homing of the gyroscope system axis in on the LOS, i.e. tracking the target by the head. The available literature on the subject lacks a description of how to use the controlled gyro system in the process of guiding the missile onto the target. In this paper, the authors present the original development of an optimal control algorithm for a gyro system with a square quality indicator in conditions of interference and kinematic influence of the missile deck. A comparative analysis of the LQR with the PD regulator was made. PD regulator parameters are also selected optimally, using the Golubencev method, so that the transition process of the homing system fades over a minimal time, while simultaneously ensuring the overlapping of the gyroscope axis with the target line-of-sight. The computer simulation results have been obtained in a Matlab-Simulink environment and are presented in a graphic form.

Keyword : non-linear dynamics, gyroscope system, optimal regulator, guidance, missile flight

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Krzysztofik, I. and Koruba, Z. 2021. Application of an optimal control algorithm for a gyroscope system of a homing air-to-air missile. Aviation. 25, 1 (Apr. 2021), 41-49. DOI:
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