Copperhead Operational Performance Evaluation (COPE): Computer Program User and Analyst Manual.
Technical rept. no. 318,
ARMY MATERIEL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS ACTIVITY ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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The need for quantifying a weapon systems performance within the battlefield environment recently became most critical with the development of the l55mm XM7l2 COPPERFHEAD artillery projectile. To study its potentially degraded performance under some battlefield environments, AMSAA developed a computer model which is known by the acronym COPE COPPERHEAD Operational Performance Evaluation. In addition to being a model for assessing the performance of a weapon system, the model and the manner of generating the input requirements constitute a novel approach to the evaluation of weapon systems. This approach results in a manner of assessing the performance of most weapon systems and potentially can quantitatively produce insight into the performance of one or more weapon systems which previously could only be treated subjectively. This report describes the COPE model as currently used at AMSAA for the assessment of COPPERHEAD. AMSAA has modified the computer code to obtain models that analyze the performance of other weapon systems within the context of a COPE type operational performance analysis. The term COPE itself has now come to have two meanings 1 Combat Operational Performance Evaluation which is the generic name for all of the derivative models of the original COPPERHEAD version and 2 COPPERHEAD Operational Performance Evaluation which is the first model in this family of Operational Performance models and is the one described in this report.
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