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Cajun76
09-01-2005, 05:13 PM
The Portable Anti-Personnel System (PAPS)



The core of the PAPS is the CAPAM (Conventional Anti-Personnel Attack Missile) which unlike other missiles completes its propellant burn within the launch tube, thus enabling the solid-state, spin-stabilised and inertia-guided warhead to be propelled towards the target at a considerable saving in energy. This fire-and-forget capability has obvious tactical advantages and the lack of terminal guidance can be compensated by a ripple-fire technique to increase hit probability. The other essential elements of PAPS are the LM (Launch Module) and the CACS (Command And Control System).



The PAPS LM consists of a launch tube, aiming device and reload magazine. A feature of the LM is the ingenious use of propellant pressure to operate the entire LARC (Launch-And-Reload Cycle), rendering failure-prone power-operated systems unnecessary, and indeed well over 99% reliability is normally achieved. Total LM weight is in the one to five kilos range, and the smallest units can be carried in containers using strap-down techniques. A night-time electro-optical target-acquisition module (TORCH) may be fitted.



A feature of the LM is the low maintenance cycle requirement of the IRAN type (Inspect and Repair As Necessary) supplemented by an occasional wipedown with an oily rag. The CACS features limited self-repair capability and normally requires no maintenance, but efficiency becomes degraded unless placed in stand-by mode at regular intervals.



PAPS LMs are small, highly mobile and hardened, so enemy countermeasures concentrate on the CACS, which is larger and more vulnerable. The heart of the CACS is a bionic TADS (Target Acquisition and Designation System) which is highly sophisticated, capable of rapidly evaluating multiple threat priorities, and totally immune to ECM. The primary sensor for the CACS is an OLGS (Optical Location/Guidance System) with ATPW (Aural Threat Proximity Warning) backup. The CACS features limited autonomous mobility aided by an on-board TGNS (Tactical Ground Navigation System) of variable efficiency. CEP (Circular Error Probable) is highly variable depending on LM design and CACS efficiency. Near misses can be effective, however, as the distinctive aural signature of the CAPAM may temporarily paralyse the efficiency of enemy CACS.



Problems with the CACS still to be satisfactorily resolved concern the programming, which is very time-consuming and inefficient. Programmes also gradually degrade in performance unless reloaded at intervals, and deteriorate quickly under chemical (alcohol) attack. In combat conditions CEP increases considerably and the CACS may revert to Blindfire or IHTHIHS (I Hope To Hell I Hit Something) mode, or in extreme cases may cease functioning.



In summary, by comparison with other missile systems PAPS offers high reliability, very low cost and ECM resistance. The design of the LM and CAPAM is now felt to be mature. CAPAMs are often interchangeable between different LMs and represent one of the few NATO standardisation success stories. CACS are even more flexible and can be integrated into many other weapon systems. In the right circumstances, they can even be self-replicating (although in some cases this may be undesirable). Efforts are now concentrated on improving CACS programming techniques.



Another neglected weapon system is the USRAPS (Ultra Short Range Anti-Personnel System). This is completely solid state featuring direct interface with the CACS, short training time, 100% reliability and no maintenance. It is a true multi-role system suitable for vital secondary tasks such as opening letters and peeling potatoes.

anarchy52
09-02-2005, 03:13 AM
I predict You'll be offered a job in the marketing dept. of a large US defense company within the next 30 minutes http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

Cajun76
09-02-2005, 04:41 AM
It's all in how you present the package. http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-happy.gif

I didn't make it up btw, author uknown to me.

Platypus_1.JaVA
09-02-2005, 04:49 PM
It'll never be in PF. Due to copyright issue's. Someone's got to have some sort of copyright to those beautifull abbrevations used in the above post...

Cajun76
09-03-2005, 04:33 AM
*cough* acronyms *cough* The US, especially the military, loves them... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

anarchy52
09-03-2005, 05:16 AM
Originally posted by Cajun76:
*cough* acronyms *cough* The US, especially the military, loves them... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/heart.gif

Well, If You don't like acronyms You might wanna join the AAAAAA (All American Association Against Acronym Abuse)

Cajun76
09-03-2005, 07:24 AM
ROFLOL!

The Triple Triple A http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-very-happy.gif

Kocur_
09-03-2005, 07:30 AM
The core of the PAPS is the CAPAM (Conventional Anti-Personnel Attack Missile) which unlike other missiles completes its propellant burn within the launch tube, thus enabling the solid-state, spin-stabilised and inertia-guided warhead to be propelled towards the target at a considerable saving in energy. This fire-and-forget capability has obvious tactical advantages and the lack of terminal guidance can be compensated by a ripple-fire technique to increase hit probability. The other essential elements of PAPS are the LM (Launch Module) and the CACS (Command And Control System).



The PAPS LM consists of a launch tube, aiming device and reload magazine. A feature of the LM is the ingenious use of propellant pressure to operate the entire LARC (Launch-And-Reload Cycle), rendering failure-prone power-operated systems unnecessary, and indeed well over 99% reliability is normally achieved. Total LM weight is in the one to five kilos range, and the smallest units can be carried in containers using strap-down techniques. A night-time electro-optical target-acquisition module (TORCH) may be fitted.

OMG! Someone invented an automatic rifle! http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/34.gif

Btw: solid propellant rocket engines which burn all fuel inside the tube are quite old...M72 LAW is a good, old example http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif