Preliminary Study of Defensive Aids Suite Technology for the Armour Combat Vehicle Programme


  1. Rapanotti, J.L.
  2. Cantin, A.
  3. Dickinson, R.G.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Valcartier, Valcartier QUE (CAN)
On future missions, the Leopard 1 Main Battle Tank (MBT) and Cougar tank trainer will be replaced by an Armoured Combat Vehicle (ACV) providing direct fire support for Light Armoured Vehicles (LAVs). These new ACVs will be significantly better than the Cougar but will lack the survivability of the MBT. To overcome this deficiency, a suite of sensors and countermeasures will be proposed. This Defensive Aids Suite (DAS) will include sensor data processing to provide prioritized solutions to threats while interfacing with other vehicle resources through a data bus. The initial DAS design will detect virtually all laser-based threats and counter with obscurants, evasive manoeuvres and direct fire. A modular, federated approach to the design of the DAS, will facilitate upgrades and mission configurability. Future upgrades recommended are missile launch detection and tracking, directed infrared jamming and laser dazzling and a hard-kill system based on radar. Related areas of investigation have been identified including camouflage and signature management to improve vehicle stealth. Additional areas of development include modelling and simulation to determine the benefit of new technologies, sensor, countermeasure and algorithm development, scene generation for the DAS processor and crew training. This will be a preliminary study and will serve as a reference for future study in this area.

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Armoured Fighting Vehicle - AFV;DAS (Defensive Aids Suite);LAV (Light Armored Vehicle);ACV;land vehicle;survivability;LWR;RWR
Report Number
DRDC-VALCARTIER-TM-2003-247 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Feb 2007
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