Accession Number:

ADA314862

Title:

A Combat Simulation Analysis of Autonomous Legged Underwater Vehicles.

Descriptive Note:

Master's thesis,

Corporate Author:

NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1996-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

95.0

Abstract:

Autonomous Legged Underwater Vehicles ALUVs are inexpensive crab-like robotic prototypes which will systematically hunt and neutralize mines en masse in the very shallow water and the surf zone VSWSZ. With the advent of mine proliferation and the focal shift of military power to the littorals of the world, ALUVs have the potential to fill a critical need of the United States Navy and Marine Corps mine countermeasure MCM forces. Duplicating the MCM portion of the Kernel Blitz 95 exercise whenever feasible, this thesis uses the Janus interactive combat wargaming simulation to model and evaluate the effectiveness of the ALUV as a MCM. Three scenarios were developed an amphibious landing through a minefield using no clearingbreaching an amphibious landing through a minefield using current clearingbreaching techniques and an amphibious landing through a minefield using ALUVs as the clearingbreaching method. This thesis compares the three scenarios using landing force kills, cost analysis, combat power ashore, and percentage of mines neutralized as measures of effectiveness.

Subject Categories:

  • Computer Programming and Software
  • Underwater Ordnance

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE