News 1998 Army Science and Technology Master Plan



Engineer and Mine Warfare (Section M)

III.M.08—Vehicular–Mounted Mine Detector ATD.  By FY98, demonstrate down and forward looking sensor technologies, including ground penetrating radar and infrared for use on a vehicle mounted system to detect metallic and nonmetallic AT mines. Detection performance improvement of 100 percent is expected when compared to the current metallic mine detector. Additionally, detection speed enhancements of up to 2500 percent (5 mph vs 0.2 mph). Standoff detection distances of 30 to 75 feet, an automatic mine recognition/marking system, and teleoperation will be demonstrated.

Supports: Mounted Battlespace, Early Entry Lethality and Survivability, Combat Service Support, Dismounted Battlespace, Ground Standoff Mine Detection System.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Tom Broach
CERDEC/NVESD
(703) 704–1035
DSN: 654–1035
Rob Saunders
SARD–TT
(703) 697–8432
DSN: 227–8432
Charles Campbell
MBS BL
(502) 624–1963
DSN: 464–1963

 

III.M.09—Mine Hunter/Killer (MH/K) ATD.  Mine Hunter/Killer will demonstrate an integrated system concept for autonomous detection and destruction of mines at maneuver speeds. By FY96, demonstrate an infrared detection scheme on a combat vehicle and transition to Vehicle Mounted Mine Detector ATD. By FY97, test and evaluate explosive neutralization technologies and select a baseline concept for Mine Hunter/Killer demonstration. By FY98, complete design of explosive neutralizer. By FY99, complete enhancements to detection sensors and integrate these pieces into a single system for static testing. By FY00 integrate Mine Hunter/Killer system onto a surrogate tactical platform and demonstrate the ability to detect and kill mines at a standoff range. This integration can provide a 10–fold increase in neutralization range (5 meters to 50 meters) and a two–fold increase in breaching speed (5 mph to 10 mph). This system will be capable of detecting unexploded ordnance (UXO’s) as well as mines.

Supports: Joint Countermine ACTD, Hit Avoidance, FCS.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

James Dillon
CERDEC/NVESD
(703) 704–1046
DSN: 654–1046
Rob Saunders
SARD–TT
(703) 697–8432
DSN: 227–8432
Charles Campbell
MBS BL
(502) 624–1963
DSN: 464–1963

 

III.M.10—Advanced Mine Detection Sensors.  By FY97, evaluate underpinning enhancements to forward looking radar and integrate this technology fusion into a single system for static testing against antitank and antipersonnel mines with a 98% probability of detection and with a false alarm rate of less than <0.2 per meter of forward progress. By FY98, demonstrate potential payoffs for increased standoff detection in all weather conditions using advanced FLIR and SLR technologies. By FY99, investigate acoustic and seismic technologies as additional means of enhancing the performance of ground based detection systems. BY FY00, demonstrate multisensor ability to detect mines remotely at speeds of 5–20 km/hr. By FY01, integrate these technologies onto a surrogate ground–based platformand conduct advanced mine detection demonstration.

Supports: Early Entry/Lethality and Survivability, Mounted and Dismounted Battlespace Battle Labs Combat Service Support.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Robert Barnard
CERDEC/NVESD
(703) 704–1066
DSN: 654–1066
Rob Saunders
SARD–TT
(703) 697–8432
DSN: 227–8432
Charles Campbell
MBS BL
(502) 624–1963
DSN: 464–1963

 

III.M.11—Lightweight, Airborne Multispectral Countermine Detection System.  Lightweight, Airborne Multispectral Minefield Detection Sensors will develop innovative concepts and technology to provide tactical and short range UAVs with the capability for standoff minefield and limited nuisance mine detection. This effort will investigate a variety of new component and focal plane array technologies such as 3–5um staring FPA’s, multi/hyperspectral techniques, passive polarization, active sources and electronic stabilization. By FY99, complete study efforts and initiate critical component development. By FY00, complete development of sensors, mine detection algorithm and processor modifications. By FY01, complete integration on a tactical UAV and conduct a demonstration of the system.

Supports: Mounted and Dismounted Battlespace.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Hugh Carr
CERDEC/NVESD
(703) 704–2926
DSN: 654–2926
Rob Saunders
SARD–TT
(703) 697–8432
DSN: 227–8432
Charles Campbell
MBS BL
(502) 624–1963
DSN: 464–1963

 

III.M.12p—Standoff Scatterable Minefield Detection.  This technology will provide BDE and below maneuver units an indigenous, rapidly transportable, sensor suite to provide real–time impact and launch locations of scattermine, chemical agent, and other artillery, rocket, and mortar delivered munitions. This technology will be capable of responding to cues from other sensors and handoff hostile weapons location data for counter battery missions. This research will explore the capability of the future Scout Multispectral Staring Sensor Suite (MFS3) and the mm wave ground radar (MGR). The operational concept is to use the MFS3 to scan the horizon continuously to acquire projectile tracks from volley fire events. Following initial detection, the MSF3 will hand off tracking to the mm wave radar to determine range, trajectory and predict impact location and/or firing battery location. By FY00, collect live fire data and initiate investigation of sensors to validate detection and tracking capability. By FY01, initiate signal processing and ATR algorithms to predict munitions impact areas and battery position. By FY02, evaluate the detection and impact area prediction capabilities.

Supports: Mounted Battlespace Battlelab, Dismounted Battlespace Battlelab.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Hugh Carr
CERDEC/NVESD
(703) 704–2926
DSN: 654–2926
Rob Saunders
SARD–TT
(703) 697–8432
DSN: 227–8432
(TBD)

 

III.M.14—Area Denial Systems (ADS).  By FY01, this STO will demonstrate the capability of self–contained, semiautonomous, long standoff munitions that can defend an area by defeating, disrupting, and delaying vehicles that enter its battlespace. The ADS concept expands on the capabilities demonstrated under the Intelligent Minefield STO (III.M.07), which concluded in FY97, by extending the effective range from 100 meters to 1000 meters (100x increase in area coverage), and enhancing the operational utility through improved system employment and recovery. ADS will enhance other weapon systems in a manner similar to that achieved by land mines today, but without the post war civilian mine threat and the demining problem. In FY98, available sensor and communication technologies will be evaluated, tradeoffs including CM resistance will be defined, and a baseline design for hand–emplaced ADS will be developed. In FY99, alternative deterrent concepts will be evaluated. In FY00, prototype deterrent modules will be built and tested, and robotic platforms and alternative delivery and recovery methods will be investigated. In FY01, an integrated demonstration of hand emplaced sensors and deterrent modules will be conducted.

Supports: Replacement for conventional mines.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

George E. Lutz
AMSTA–AR–FS
(201) 724–7848
DSN: 880–7848
John Appel
SARDA–TT
(703) 697–8432
DSN: 227–8432
COL William McCoy
US Army Engineer School
(573) 563–4086

 

III.M.15—Logistics–Over–the–Shore (LOTS).  The two primary objectives of this effort are to demonstrate 1) a full–scale prototype version of the Rapidly Installed Breakwater system for application in Logistics Over the Shore (LOTS) and Joint Logistics Over the Shore (JLOTS) operations and 2) construction materials and techniques to provide roadway linkages to the inland infrastructure from LOTS/JLOTS sites. Present LOTS operations are limited to wave conditions in the mid–range of seastate 2. Based on consideration of global wave climates, CINCs require that LOTS operations be able to continue through seastate 3. There is also a significant need to minimize construction time and materials in moving personnel and equipment from the beach to the inland transportation infrastructure. The objective of this technology demonstration is to demonstrate at full scale the technology for enhanced LOTS operations, including (1) seastate 3 operability to greatly increase LOTS throughput and (2) significant reduction in time and materials required to link the beach to the inland transportation network. By the end of FY00, complete engineering design for full–scale breakwater(s) based on detailed engineering analyses, laboratory and 1/4–scale field tests, and acquisition of the capability to rapidly stabilize beach sands with minimum logistic burdens and reduced engineer equipment. By the end of FY02: demonstrate rapidly installed breakwaters for reduction of wave conditions in sea states up to the lower end of sea state 4 by 50%, and demonstrate improved techniques to rapidly stabilize soft soils for roads and material storage areas associated with LOTS operations.

STO Manager

TSO

TRADOC POC

Dr. Donald Resio
USA Engineer Waterways Experiment Station
(601) 634–2018
DSN:
Donald Artis
SARD–TR
(703)697–3558
DSN: 227–3558
Bill Adams

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