Weapon System Effectiveness for the Tactical Armoured Patrol Vehicle – CAEn Wargame Nickle Scorpion


  1. Sprague, K.
  2. Dobias, P.
  3. Bassindale, S.
  4. Sinclair, D.
  5. King, J.
  6. Auger-Voyer, F.
Corporate Authors
Defence R&D Canada - Centre for Operational Research and Analysis, Ottawa ON (CAN)
In support of the Coyote reconnaissance (Recce) vehicle program, the Director of Land Requirements 3 (DLR 3) requested that a computer wargame study be conducted to evaluate the differences in weapon system effectiveness between two vehicle contenders mounted with two alternative weapon stations fitted with a C6 machine gun and one of five different main weapons, using the Coyote reconnaissance vehicle with its two-man turret as a baseline. One of the vehicle contenders, dubbed the ‘Alpha’ vehicle in this study, was modeled as a smaller, less protected vehicle with slower acceleration but affording the crew a slightly better field of view in comparison to a second ‘Beta’ vehicle. The two weapon stations were a light remote weapon station (RWS) and a one-man turret having remote capability. The five main weapons consisted of a notional 25 mm low velocity (LV) cannon, a 40 mm automatic grenade launcher (AGL) modeled after the Mk-19, a .50 calibre heavy machine gun (HMG) modeled after the M2, four (4) anti-tank guided missiles (ATGMs) modeled after Javelins, and a 20 mm cannon modeled after the 20 M 621. Vehicle effectiveness was determined via the performance of either a Recce Det or Recce Troop in combat operations that used the vehicles. Three scenarios covering both irregular warfare (IW) and conventional warfare (CW) operations were constructed and enacted. The scenarios were as follows: 1) Convoy ambush in urban terrain (IW, Det level, vs. dismounts only); 2) Recce

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DRDC-CORA-TM-2010-107 — Technical Memorandum
Date of publication
01 Jun 2010
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