Multi-Mission Effects Vehicle (MMEV)

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A soldier waits for the signal.  He scans his field of view and anticipates…

Focused. Alert. Lethal.

Advanced technologies are changing the face of future warfare, helping our soldiers to see more, hear more and react more quickly, giving them an edge. The Canadian Army is moving toward a knowledge-based, medium weight force designed to prevail on the battlefield by replacing sheer mass with leading edge situational awareness, speed and combat power. To do this, the Army is changing the way it generates forces, changing the way it trains and changing the way it fights.

Caption: Multi-Mission Effects Vehicle (MMEV)

Battlefield situations require and will continue to require coalition communications and interoperability. One of the most technologically advanced collaborations involves the Canadian Multi-Mission Effects Vehicle Technology Demonstration Project, known as M-M-E-V TDP, and the American Crew Integration and Automation Test-bed. This project involves Defence R&D Canada, DRDC, and the US Tank-Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, TARDEC.

M-M-E-V TDP is a DRDC technology demonstration project with an Army focus. The M-M-E-V TDP features a single vehicle crew capable of using direct and indirect fire and air defence weapons concurrently. The future battlefield will have extensive information available at all levels. Network-centric command and control, multi-role munitions, multi role platforms, robotics and sensors will provide instantaneous awareness. The concept is being examined in three networked simulation experiments that feature Canadian and American vehicle crews in a future combat situation, operating their own and each other's equipment.

Working within a future net-centric simulation environment, the M-M-E-V TDP is able to remotely identify and engage targets using information from both Canadian and US Army air and ground vehicles. During experiments, crews using TARDEC’s Crew Integration and Automation Test-bed and DRDC’s M-M-E-V TDP cooperatively engage and destroy targets while coordinating motion with one another. The M-M-E-V TDP project is exploring a family of advanced vehicle technologies with futuristic performance characteristics.

This will enable the evaluation of:

  • command and control,
  • technology performance,
  • multi-mission capability,
  • human performance, and
  • interoperability with US forces.

This concept offers a significant gain in military capability, with enormous promise for enhancing combat effectiveness and reducing crew size. Canada and her principal ally the United States will continue to conduct joint research and training experiments. The knowledge gained through M-M-E-V TDP will advance efforts to improve Army interoperability, assess the merits of future Canadian and American technologies and maximize the research and development investments of both countries.

DRDC explores creative and innovative technologies for the Canadian Forces. The MMEV TDP project looks to other DRDC projects for additional research in the areas of synthetic environments and human factors.  Research into advanced armoured vehicle technologies and other defensive aides, like those explored in DRDC’s Future Armoured Vehicle Systems project will ultimately contribute to the MMEV TDP. Projects like the M-M-E-V TDP help to push the technology and generate new ideas that pay big dividends to Canada’s military and to our economy. DRDC’s commitment to provide the best in defence R&D will continue to ensure that the Canadian Forces remain technologically prepared and operationally relevant well into the future.