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19 September 2001 Assessing the effectiveness of Defensive Aids Suite technology
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Modern anti-tank weapons and the requirement of rapid deployment have significantly reduced the quantity and effectiveness of passive armor in protecting land vehicles. This new development has led to replacing the main battle tank by a light armored vehicle with at least the same level of survivability achievable by advances in sensor, computer and countermeasure technology to detect, identify and defeat potential threats. The integration of various technologies into a Defensive Aids Suite (DAS) can be designed and analyzed by combining field trials and laboratory data with modeling and simulation. This complementary approach will also make an optimal use of available resources and encourage collaboration with other researchers working towards a common goal. This modeling capability can be easily transferred to other researchers in the field by using a quick prototyping environment such as MATLAB. The code generated from MATLAB will be used for further analysis in an operational research simulator such as ModSAF. Once calibrated with a previous trial, ModSAF will be used to plan future trials. An important feature of ModSAF is the use of scripted input files to plan and implement a fixed battle based on accepted doctrine and tactics. Survivability of a DAS-equipped vehicle can be assessed relative to a basic vehicle without a DAS. In later stages, more complete DAS systems will be analyzed to determine the optimum configuration of the DAS components and the effectiveness of a DAS-equipped vehicle for a particular mission. These concepts and approach will be discussed in the paper.
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John L. Rapanotti, Annie DeMontigny-Leboeuf, Marc Palmarini, and Andre Cantin "Assessing the effectiveness of Defensive Aids Suite technology", Proc. SPIE 4367, Enabling Technology for Simulation Science V, (19 September 2001);

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