Realistic Threat Ground Vehicle Targets for Test & Evaluation
Modern weapon systems are continually pushing the envelope in sensor resolution and operator battlefield awareness. Proper stimulation of these sensors is critical in the Test & Evaluation (T&E) phase to ensure that the weapon systems under development perform acceptably when they go into battle with the warfighter. Since the whole purpose of a weapon system is to detect, identify, engage, and destroy a threat, realistic threat targets are critical to the world of T&E and threat ground vehicle targets are the ones where the rubber meets the road (literally) on modern battlefields. Even with the current focus on the danger of improvised explosive devices, threat ground vehicles such as main-battle tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, and armored personnel carriers are still recognized as the primary targets of interest for US ground vehicle development programs.