A primary goal of U.S. Army mobility research is the development of validated, objective methodology to support decision processes relative to the design, procurement, and deployment of military vehicles. As a step toward that end, a comprehensive analytical model for evaluating the mobility of vehicle systems has been realized in a large-scale digital computer simulation. The model employs existing vehicle mechanics technology to predict individual facets of system performance and new analysis and programming techniques to account for their synergistic interaction.
This paper describes the comprehensive model, discusses its promise and its limitations, and illustrates its application. The illustrations depict the various contexts and levels of detail in which the model can be applied, depending upon the specific objectives and requirements of the user.