The Impact of Battlefield Terrain on Direct-Fire Antitank Weapon Performance,
ARMY MATERIEL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS ACTIVITY ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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Recent reductions in military expenditures, coupled with a desire to get the most utility out of Army antitank weapon systems, have kindled a widespread interest in determining the benefits of tailoring tank killer forces to match both the threat and the operational environment. Efforts are underway at AMSAA to check the validity of the Natick classification system when used to predict intervisibility characteristics such as LOS probabilities and distributions of visible path lengths on the battlefield. In order to further establish the credibility of this statistical environmental description, more comparison between analytic predictions and field tests like TETAM, HELAST, and MASSTER will be required. To this end, efforts are in progress at AMSAA and elsewhere to obtain the field test coordinate information and digitized topography needed for a thorough comparison of the two techniques. It the experimental and simulation results prove compatible, systems analysts and decision makers in the defense community will have a valuable set of tools at hand to make intelligent decisions concerning the performance characteristics and force structuring of future weapon systems.