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Defensive aids suite prototype for light armored vehicles
Author(s): Andre Cantin; Jean Fortin; Johan Venter; Brian G. Philip; Russell Hagen; Dietmar Krieger; Mike Greenley
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Paper Abstract

The Defence Research Establishment Valcartier has initiated in 1998 R&D work to investigate and to demonstrate key technologies required for future Defensive Aid Suite to protect Light Armoured Vehicles. A basic Defensive Aid Suite demonstrator (Phase I) was built and integrated into the LAV vetronics by Litton Systems Canada and his consortium. The Defensive Aid Suite consisted of a 2-band HARLIDTM-based laser detection head, a processor capable to control and deploy countermeasures and a DAS touch-screen display all integrated in a Light Armored Vehicle. The crew was able to select the operation mode for direct fire or smoke deployment by pushing one of the pair of buttons available at the bottom of the display. This system was successfully demonstrated in October 1999 during an international trial. This article gives an overview of the results obtained in the field as well as some of the lessons learnt. It also describes laboratory and field measurements made on the Laser Warning Receiver unit itself. The results of the DAS tactical use and of Human factor evaluation will illustrate its performance within typical laser threat scenarios. This work will serve as the basis for the recommendation of a future DAS demonstrator (Phase II) integrating more sensors and countermeasures.

Paper Details

Date Published: 27 September 2001
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 4393, Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications III, (27 September 2001); doi: 10.1117/12.441267
Show Author Affiliations
Andre Cantin, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)
Jean Fortin, Defence Research Establishment Valcartier (Canada)
Johan Venter, Litton Industries Canada (Canada)
Brian G. Philip, Litton Industries, Inc. (United States)
Russell Hagen, Delco Defense Systems Operations (United States)
Dietmar Krieger, European Aeronautic Defense and Space LFK (Germany)
Mike Greenley, Options Inc. (Canada)


Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 4393:
Unattended Ground Sensor Technologies and Applications III
Edward M. Carapezza, Editor(s)

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