Developing Soft-kill Capability for Light Armoured Vehicles Through Battlefield Simulations

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Authors
  1. Rapanotti, J.L.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
Abstract
Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs) are being developed to meet the modern requirements of rapid deployment and operations other than war. To achieve these requirements, passive armour is minimized and survivability depends more on a soft-kill capacity including sensors, computers, countermeasures and communications to detect and avoid threats. Sensors for these soft-kill systems are passive, to avoid being detected, and therefore can be used to detect threats at much longer ranges. Battlefield obscuration strategies, optimized for Main Battle Tanks in traditional high intensity conflicts, are inadequate when applied to LAVs. LAVs are vulnerable to many threats and sufficiently different in design, capability and battlefield environment to benefit significantly from new strategies. Factors influencing this requirement include: i) the development of sensors with increasing accuracy and precision, ii) the need to minimize obscurant interference with vehicle sensors and other countermeasures, including active armour and explosive reactive armour, iii) the need to develop hemispherical obscurant coverage extending into the millimetre wave range, iv) grenades are needed to better match the increased tempo from greater vehicle speed, mobility and turret slew rate, v) the automatic configuration and selection of grenade burst patterns based on on-board processing and vehicle networks. Spectral coverage in the visible to long-wave infrared regions is adequate, but trends in missile design

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Keywords
Peacekeeping;DAS (Defensive Aids Suite);LAV (Light Armored Vehicle);Soft Kill DAS – SK DAS;ModSAF (Modular Semi-Automated Forces);OOTW (Operations Other Than War)
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2003-276 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Feb 2007
Number of Pages
50
DSTKIM No
CA028942
CANDIS No
527137
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CD ROM

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