Assessing the Effectiveness of Defensive Aid Suite Technology Using a Field Trial and Modelling and Simulation
DEFENCE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CANADA VALCARTIER (QUEBEC)
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Over the last 10 years, changes in the global strategic environment gave rise to a trend to equip armies with lighter, more rapidly deployable forces. Instead of armored formations equipped mostly with 50-70 tonnes Main Battle Tanks MBT, future armored formations will be equipped mostly with 20-30 tonnes Light Armored Vehicles LAV. LAVs lack the protection of MBTs. It is the opinion of the Defense Science and Technology ST community that Defensive Aid Suite DAS technologies can improve the protection of LAVs. A prototype DAS system was developed by DRDC Valcartier and tested in field trials held in 1995 and 1999. This paper reports on the DAS field trial conducted in 1999 at the Canadian Forces CF Combat Training Center CTC Gagetown New-Brunswick, Canada. This field trial had two main objectives. The first one was to collect DAS data during a technical evaluation of the sensors and during simulated tactical LAV operations. The second objective was to evaluate the impact of basic DAS prototypes on LAV survivability in a simulated laser threat environment. Analysis of field trial data demonstrated the effectiveness of DAS in protecting LAV. The DAS development program also provides the opportunity to use Modeling and Simulation MS to guide technology development. To this end, a MS program was launched in DRDC Valcartier, and this paper also reports on the current status of this MS program.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Combat Vehicles