Surf Zone Obstacle Clearing by Use of Smart Weapons
COASTAL SYSTEMS STATION PANAMA CITY FL
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The use of smart weapons as an effective means of destroying targets, while minimizing the danger to military personnel was demonstrated in Operation Desert Storm. Due to the success of these weapons systems the Navy and Marine Corps has started examining other operational areas where they could be effective. One area that could benefit from these systems is the clearing of beach sites for amphibious landings. Currently there are no systems that can clear the landing sites effectively and without putting military personnel at risk. The objective of the study is to examine the feasibility of using smart weapons against Surf Zone SZ obstacles. This objective is accomplished by determining applicable systems, identifying advantages and disadvantages for each system, and determining the variables, which effect the system performance. These variables include target reflectance, laser detector sensitivity, and the circular error probability.
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics
- Guided Munitions