Preliminary examination of an automated, remotely monitored, anti-armor weapon system (DEMON)

by Jennifer Lind

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Documentation of an initial set of analytical results that define the engagement effectiveness of Demon in an antitank role. Demon allows a tank to engage an advancing enemy without exposing itself. Tanks can initiate engagements at long range using Demon, and later in the attack bring combined main gun and Demon fires to bear. Demon can also be used in an automatic fire mode, while the tank moves to a new position. Computer-simulated firefights between Demons and attacking tanks are compared with firefights where tanks are both defending and attacking. Results of the analysis show that tank forces augmented with Demons can gain a two- to threefold increase in engagement effectiveness.

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