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Activity title

Advanced Selectable Yield Unitary (SYU) Warheads

Activity Reference

AVT-ET-198

Panel

Applied Vehicle Technology

Security Classification

NATO UNCLASSIFIED

Status

Active

Activity type

ET

Start date

2019

End date

2019

Keywords

Deflagration, Detonation, Low Collateral, Selectable Yield, Urban Combat, Warhead

Background

Military operations in urban environments are increasingly complex due to the close proximity of enemy targets to the civilian population and infrastructures. Close-range operations with traditional munitions present increased risk of collateral damage. Scalable or Selectable Yield Unitary (SYU) warheads offer a new approach to mitigating this concern by reducing the lethal radius. SYU warheads also offer logistics and cost savings advantages.

Objectives

The project will identify participants, high level military needs, limitations, data sources, and relevant development efforts for SYU warheads. This information will be used to determine interest and scope for a follow-on Specialists’ Meeting. The deliverables will include a brief report and a proposal for a SYU Warhead Specialists’ Meeting. The proposal will include objectives, topics, scope, deliverables, participants and resources identified. The ET results will support the follow-on Specialists’ Meeting to analyze and evaluate the impact of SYU warheads on future military operations.

Topics

Evaluation of relative terms and definitions Existing state of the art, strategy, tools and processes Existing concepts (pros and cons of the concepts with respect to military operations) Technology investment and development efforts (including explosive formulations, deflagration and detonation devices, fuzing, etc.) Operational analysis to quantify effects on military operations

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