Methodology Investigation Characterization of Test Environment.
ARMY TROPIC TEST CENTER APO MIAMI 34004
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In October 1979, the Gamboa A-1 area reverts to the Republic of Panama, and a new area has been assigned to USATTC for environmental testing. This report is a pilot program accomplished with limited resources to determine the direction of future studies. The study characterizes the terrain in the new area. Approximately one-half of the new area cannot be negotiated by foot without difficulty because of steep slopes or soft soildense jungle vegetation. Variations in vegetation afford suitable conditions for testing canopy penetration and surveillance detection variations in relief provide adequate conditions for testing communication devices. Areas are very limited for testing munitions penetration and explosives because of proximity to the Panama Canal and Gamboa, and the lack of grasslands. Recommended actions were to collect additional terrain data to permit a better definition of boundaries of terrain factor maps, obtain new 110,000 aerial photographs to assist in refining terrain unit boundaries, and develop a flexibility to test in a variety of areas on an ad hoc basis rather than in a single area. Author
- Test Facilities, Equipment and Methods