Weapon System Effectiveness for the LAV III Life Extension Program – CAEn Wargame Nickel Tiger


  1. Dobias, P.
  2. Sprague, K.
  3. Bassindale, S.
  4. Sinclair, D.
  5. Demaine, J.
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Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN);Operational Research Div, Ottawa ONT (CAN) Land Force Operational Research Team
The Chief of Staff Land Strategy requested that an operational research (OR) study be conducted to assess the effectiveness of a light remote weapon station (RWS) mounted on a LAV III, in comparison to the current two-man Delco turret. The Land Forces Operational Research Team (LFORT) consequently performed a wargame study to compare the effectiveness of various weapon configurations for the RWS on LAV III vehicles in addition to the currently used 25 mm cannon (baseline). The assessment was based on a series of modeled scenarios whereby the vehicles performed convoy protection and patrol operations in complex urban and open terrains during daylight conditions. The chosen locale allowed for ambush and chance encounters with insurgent forces to occur. The study was denoted as NICKEL TIGER. The BLUE force consisted of either a LAV Platoon or Company and in some cases involved BLUE dismounts. The RED force consisted of dismounts having machine guns or rocket-propelled grenades (RPGs) at their disposal, in addition to soft-skinned vehicles and light armoured vehicles having either a medium machine gun (MMG) or a 30mm cannon as the main weapon. In the study, the following weapon options were considered for the RWS: a notional 25 mm low velocity (LV) cannon, a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL), a .50 calibre heavy machine gun (HMG), a 20 mm cannon, a 7.62 mm C6 machine gun, and anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs). The wargame results indicate that the current weapon/turret confi

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DRDC-CORA-TM-2009-038 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Sep 2009
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