Missile gimbaled seeker tracking using finite-horizon state dependent riccati equation

Ahmed Khamis, Ahmed M. Kamel, D. Subbaram Naidu

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The majority of homing guided missiles use gimbaled seekers. The equations describing seeker gimbal system are highly nonlinear. Accurate nonlinear control of the motion of the gimbaled seeker through the attached DC motors is required. In this paper, an online technique for finite-horizon nonlinear tracking problems is presented. The idea of the proposed technique is the change of variables that converts the nonlinear differential Riccati equation to a linear Lyapunov differential equation. The proposed technique is effective for wide range of operating points. Simulation results for a realistic gimbaled system with different engagement scenarios are given to illustrate the effectiveness of the proposed technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)415-423
Number of pages9
JournalWSEAS Transactions on Systems and Control
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 2014


  • Finite-Horizon state dependent Riccati equation
  • Gimbaled missile seeker
  • Nonlinear tracking


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