Accession Number : ADA237212


Title :   An Exploration of Integrated Ground Weapons Concepts for Armor/Anti- Armor Missions


Corporate Author : RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA


Personal Author(s) : Steeb, Randall ; Brendley, Keith ; Norton, Dan ; Bondanella, John ; Salter, Richard


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a237212.pdf


Report Date : Jan 1991


Pagination or Media Count : 199


Abstract : This report examines some near-and far-term options for dramatically enhancing the effectiveness of U.S. armored vehicles. We concentrated on dramatic change rather than conservative, evolutionary processes, because of the long U.S. procurement cycle. The technological options we consider include new weapons systems, autoloaders, automatic target recognition systems, propulsion packages, sensor suites, and even completely new chassis configurations. All of our options rely heavily on automation to reduce the crew burden. Some of the impetus for this work comes from upgrade programs on the M1-A1, Bradley, and U. S. Marine Corps light armored vehicle (LAV). The principal output of this work is a set of candidate designs for MBT's and light armored vehicles, developed through analytic studies, simulations, and computer aided design. The work focuses on the design of light and heavy antiarmor vehicles. Surveys and analyses are made of protection systems, weapon systems, mobility systems, sensor packages, crewspace designs, and electronics architectures.


Descriptors :   *ARMORED VEHICLES , *TANKS(COMBAT VEHICLES) , GROUND LEVEL , ELECTRONICS , MOBILITY , INTEGRATED SYSTEMS , COMPUTER AIDED DESIGN , ANTIARMOR AMMUNITION , WEAPON SYSTEMS , TARGET RECOGNITION , MATHEMATICAL ANALYSIS , CONFIGURATIONS , MISSIONS , EVOLUTION(GENERAL) , PROTECTION , PROCUREMENT , LIGHTWEIGHT , VEHICLES , TANK GUNS , ARCHITECTURE , AUTOMATIC , REMOTE CONTROL , TANK CREWS , TANK TURRETS , WEAPONS , GUIDED MISSILES


Subject Categories : Combat Vehicles


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE