Accession Number : ADA314862

Title :   A Combat Simulation Analysis of Autonomous Legged Underwater Vehicles.

Descriptive Note : Master's thesis,

Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA

Personal Author(s) : Middlebrook, Edwin E.

PDF Url : ADA314862

Report Date : JUN 1996

Pagination or Media Count : 95

Abstract : Autonomous Legged Underwater Vehicles (ALUVs) are inexpensive crab-like robotic prototypes which will systematically hunt and neutralize mines en masse in the very shallow water and the surf zone (VSW/SZ). With the advent of mine proliferation and the focal shift of military power to the littorals of the world, ALUVs have the potential to fill a critical need of the United States Navy and Marine Corps mine countermeasure (MCM) forces. Duplicating the MCM portion of the Kernel Blitz 95 exercise whenever feasible, this thesis uses the Janus interactive combat wargaming simulation to model and evaluate the effectiveness of the ALUV as a MCM. Three scenarios were developed: an amphibious landing through a minefield using no clearing/breaching; an amphibious landing through a minefield using current clearing(breaching techniques; and an amphibious landing through a minefield using ALUVs as the clearing(breaching method. This thesis compares the three scenarios using landing force kills, cost analysis, combat power ashore, and percentage of mines neutralized as measures of effectiveness.

Descriptors :   *COMPUTERIZED SIMULATION, *UNDERWATER VEHICLES, *PROTOTYPES, *AUTONOMOUS NAVIGATION, *MINE DETECTORS, *UNDERWATER MINES, NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION, SCENARIOS, WARFARE, COMBAT EFFECTIVENESS, MARINE CORPS, COST ANALYSIS, INTERACTIONS, MINE COUNTERMEASURES, AMPHIBIOUS OPERATIONS, MINEFIELDS, THESES, SHALLOW WATER, WAR GAMES, MINE HUNTING, AMPHIBIOUS VEHICLES, SURF, LANDING, MINES(ORDNANCE), MINE NEUTRALIZATION, CRABS, NAVAL MINES.

Subject Categories : Computer Programming and Software
      Underwater Ordnance

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE