U.S. Army conducted a series of tests at fast burst reactor facility, bombarding M1135 Stryker
The US Army Nuclear and Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Agency conducted a series of tests at the Survivability, Vulnerability Assessment Directorate’s fast burst reactor facility, bombarding an M1135 Stryker Nuclear, Biological, Chemical Reconnaissance Vehicle (NBC RV) with varying levels of ionizing radiation.
The NBC RV is the tenth and newest member in the Stryker family of military vehicles. It is the most advanced NBC detecting system on eight wheels.
The purpose of the study was twofold. First to evaluate the vehicles capabilities for protecting the crew. “We’re looking at how much the vehicle protects the occupants from a radiological environment,” said Maj. William Bosley Nuclear Effects Analyst, US Army Nuclear and Counter Weapons of Mass Destruction Agency.
Secondly, and the real purpose of the test, is to evaluate a new methodology for calculating how well a vehicle will protect the crew from radiation using computer models.
“The primary purpose of this test was to validate the computer model so we can use it in the future if we can’t do a test at the reactor or with another radiological source,” Bosley said.
The associated computational modeling project, led by the Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Research and Development Directorate, uses design data from the vehicle manufacturer to simulate how those design characteristics would hold up in a radiological environment. By using a computer model in place of lower priority tests the Army and the Department of Defense would be able to save time and money, while still collecting data needed for decision makers.
“So instead of doing a test at the reactor on a regular basis on any different type of variant of every vehicle, we can model that (in the computer),” Bosley said.
The Stryker NBCRV was chosen for this test series because it’s a vehicle that’s most likely to see use during a nuclear event. …read more
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