Scheduling target illuminators in naval battle‐group anti‐air warfare

Hanif D. Sherali, Youngho Lee, Donald D. Boyer

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We schedule a set of illuminators (homing devices) to strike a set of targets using surface‐to‐air missiles in a naval battle. The task is viewed as a production floor shop scheduling problem of minimizing the total weighted flow time, subject to time‐window job availability and machine downtime side constraints. A simple algorithm based on solving assignment problems is developed for the case when all the job processing times are equal and the data are all integer. For the general case of scheduling jobs with unequal processing times, we develop two alternate formulations and analyze their relative strengths by comparing their respective linear programming relaxations. We select the better formulation in this comparison and exploit its special structures to develop several effective heuristic algorithms that provide good‐quality solutions in real time; this is an essential element for use by the Navy. © 1995 John Wiley & Sons, Inc.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)737-755
Number of pages19
JournalNaval Research Logistics Quarterly
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Management Science and Operations Research
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Modelling and Simulation


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