The need to predict weapon capabilities in combat has caused anxiety since man first picked up a club to defend himself. The complexity of modern systems has made the job of determining wartime effectiveness during peacetime extremely complicated and expensive. Two related efforts are currently underway providing valuable vulnerability and lethality data to military planners and weapons systems designers.
The Joint Live Fire (JLF) Program has been providing ballistic vulnerability and lethality information on fielded front-line systems since 1984. The Live Fire Test (LFT) Legislation, effective in May 1987, is providing similar information on our systems currently in development.