Vehicle Vulnerability to Laser Systems
ARMY TANK-AUTOMOTIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND WARREN MI
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Vulnerability analyses were performed on the combat vehicles of M48A1 tank, M113APC personnel carrier, and M35A truck, with the view of identifying the parameters relevant to the deployment of countermeasures. The analysis of material damage caused by laser weapons showed that the currently available high-power lasers posed no greater threat than conventional weapons, even though the on-board optical and imagery systems were vulnerable to being destroyed at short ranges and to being saturated at long ranges under direct irradiation. The analyses of vulnerability related to rangers and designators were carried out by taking into account of the atmospheric extinction u, surface reflectivity s, and angle of incidence 0. The results were presented in the form of numerical computations of the reflected power under various conditions of u, s, and 0, which, in turn, were identified as parameters amendable to being controlled for passive countermeasure deployment.
- Lasers and Masers
- Surface Transportation and Equipment