A Methodology to Assess Lethality and Collateral Damage for Nonfragmenting Precision-Guided Weapons
SCIENCE APPLICATIONS INTERNATIONAL CORP (SAIC) ALBUQUERQUE NM
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A methodology was developed to assess lethality and collateral damage for the Focused Lethality Munition FLM program. FLM is a new nonfragmenting, precision-guided weapon with damage effects mechanisms that differ from the principal fragmentation damage effects for traditional weapons. To date, guidelines to determine lethality, based on mannequin test data, have not been articulated for nonfragmenting warheads such as FLM. Medical and military documentation was surveyed to derive lethality criteria for four FLM damage effects mechanisms and establish guidelines to address combination effects. The criteria were successfully applied to assess FLM military utility and preliminary validation of the procedures was conducted. Future plans include further augmentation of the model as additional data from program office continuation testing and operational weapon use become available.
- Guided Munitions