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Guidebook for non-lethal experimentation

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Author: Paulissen, J.J.M. · Rahimi, R.
Source:6h European Symposium on Non-Lethal Weapons, Stadthalle Ettlingen, Germany, 16-18 May 2011
Identifier: 427956
Keywords: Weapon systems · Mechatronics, Mechanics & Materials · WS - Weapon Systems · TS - Technical Sciences


In the 2009-2011 timeframe, NATO conducts a capability based assessment of Non-Lethal Weapon (NLW) systems. The work, performed by the RTO study team SAS-078, involves the development of NLW requirement descriptions, which are put against a set of NLW systems. Gaps are likely to occur, indicating that a particular requirement may not be (completely) satisfied with the currently available NLW. However, the military user of potentially gap-filling (new) NLW needs some level of assurance that a required effectiveness can indeed be met. The SAS-078 group developed an Integrated NLW Experimentation Framework containing the essential elements that together constitute non-lethal effectiveness. The framework is a baseline for NLW Experimentation Guidebook, which is intended to position and improve non-lethal effectiveness assessments. The Guidebook does not prescribe specific tests, but facilitates the exchange and comparison of test results between nations. To explore the merits of the Experimentation Framework, members of SAS-078 conducted a first-of-a-kind NATO NLW experiment in Norway. Three operationally relevant military cases were investigated: two counter-vehicle and one counter-personnel. The members developed a joint experiment design, which included the use of human volunteers. Determined by available resources and limitations, two acoustic hailing systems, a laser warning system and a mechanical counter-vehicle system were employed.