Force Protection Against Enhanced Blast


  1. Murray, S.B.
  2. Anderson, C.J.
  3. Zhang. F
  4. Gerrard, K.B.
  5. Hlady, S.
  6. Yoshinaka, A.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Suffield, Ralston ALTA (CAN)
Enhanced Blast Weapons (EBW's) have become an increasingly serious threat to deployed forces engaged in stabilization and peace-keeping operations. Tese weapons generate strong shock waves that propagate through the atmosphere and produce high overpressues and extreme aerodynamic drag forces on objects in their path. Unlike fragments that can only engage 'line-of site' targets, blast waves can propagate around obstacles and into trenches, tunnels or urban structures. EBW's can take various forms on the urban battlefield. Insurgents routinely use vehicle-born improvised explosive devices packed with military ordnance, plastic explosives, or homemade 'enhanced novel explosives (ENE's).' Infantry blast weapons have also become increasingly available to insurgents. Following the disintegration of the Soviet Union, Russian 'thermobaric' explosive (TBX) weapons bgan appearing on the black market and have since proliferated world wide. In April of 2003, Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC) - Suffield began a four-year Technology Demonstration Program (TDP) on 'Force Protction Against Enhanced Blast.' The overarching goal of te program is to inrease the survivability of deployed forces in a blast environment. Both military and terrorist weapon thrats are being addressed. The objectives of the program are to (i) establish the limits of enhanced blast technology, (ii) improve the design of defensive field fortifications and temporary camps, (iii) develop a rapid screening too
Report Number
DRDC-SUFFIELD-SL-2006-174 — Scientific Literature
Date of publication
01 Jan 2006
Number of Pages
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