Accession Number : ADA031100


Title :   Armor Development in the Soviet Union and the United States.


Descriptive Note : Interim rept.,


Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CALIF


Personal Author(s) : Alexander,Arthur J


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a031100.pdf


Report Date : Sep 1976


Pagination or Media Count : 154


Abstract : This historical, comparative study of armor development in two dissimilar countries traces the constancies of the R/D process through shifting institutions and environments. To develop a deeper understanding of the weapons acquisition process, the author examines several important relationships: (a) the interactions among development, doctrine, perceived threats, and economic and technological capabilities; (b) the dependence of the style of the development process on the rate of technological change and on the choice of what to produce; (c) the effectiveness of alternative R/D strategies. Although product improvement of existing design has been the primary mode of increasing the value of tanks, the more than 50 years of armor development in both countries indicate that two other elements are also essential to an effective R/D strategy: (1) independent development of components and technology; and (2) construction and testing of experimental prototypes. (Author)


Descriptors :   *USSR , *ARMOR , *UNITED STATES , *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES) , *ARMORED VEHICLES , MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES) , FOREIGN TECHNOLOGY , PRODUCTION , MILITARY FORCES(FOREIGN) , COST ANALYSIS , COMPARISON , PROTOTYPES , COSTS , HISTORY , MILITARY BUDGETS , EVOLUTION(DEVELOPMENT) , DOCTRINE , SELF PROPELLED GUNS


Subject Categories : Humanities and History
      Logistics, Military Facilities and Supplies
      Combat Vehicles
      Armor


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE