Accession Number : ADA307437

Title :   An Analysis of Lemmings: A Swarming Approach to Mine Countermeasures in the VSW/SZ/BZ.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Weber, Timothy R.

PDF Url : ADA307437

Report Date : DEC 1995

Pagination or Media Count : 103

Abstract : Lemmings are autonomous tracked underwater vehicles which utilize a swarming approach to mine detection and neutralization in the very shallow water, surf and beach zones (VSW/SZ/BZ). The Navy and the Marine Corps are in great need of developing an effective 'in stride' clearance/breaching method to further enhance the effectiveness and viability of their littoral warfare skills. The Lemmings system has the potential to fulfill this critical need in a cost effective, reliable manner. Utilizing the Janus interactive wargaming simulation, an amphibious operation was modeled, with the amphibious landing taking place through a minefield in the littoral zones. Three scenarios of this model were developed: an amphibious landing through a minefield utilizing no clearing/breaching assets; an amphibious landing through a minefield utilizing current clearing/breaching assets; and an amphibious landing through a minefield utilizing Lemming swarms as the clearing/breaching assets. A comparative analysis of these three scenarios will be performed, examming the measures of effectiveness of landing vehicles killed/damaged, combat power ashore at a given time, MCM assets killed, and percentage of mines neutralized.

Descriptors :   *UNDERWATER VEHICLES, *MINE COUNTERMEASURES, *SYSTEMS APPROACH, *TRACKED VEHICLES, *MINE DETECTORS, SCENARIOS, SIMULATION, LAND WARFARE, MARINE CORPS, COST EFFECTIVENESS, SKILLS, INTERACTIONS, AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, MINE DETECTION, MINEFIELDS, NEUTRALIZATION, THESES, SHALLOW WATER, SELF OPERATION, WAR GAMES, LITTORAL ZONES, BEACHES, SURF, CLEARANCES, LANDING, LANDING CRAFT.

Subject Categories : Land Mine Warfare

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE