Accession Number : ADA258887


Title :   Is a Liquid Propellant Gun a Viable Option for the Future Main Battle Tank in the United States Army?


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis 1 Aug 1991-5 Jun 1992


Corporate Author : ARMY COMMAND AND GENERAL STAFF COLL FORT LEAVENWORTH KS


Personal Author(s) : McCoy, Curtis L


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a258887.pdf


Report Date : 05 Jun 1992


Pagination or Media Count : 114


Abstract : This study is an examination of three areas: historical U.S. liquid propellant development, liquid propellant logistical considerations and the technical considerations in the application of a liquid propellant gun in a combat vehicle. The study examines the potential and demonstrated benefits of liquid propellants for the military. The study uses the solid propellant guns technology as the baseline to conduct a comparison of liquid propellant guns in the same operational requirements. The analysis by the author on the logistical impacts focuses on the industrial base conversion, production costs of propellants, ammunition transportation requirements, and liquid propellant demilitarization. The analysis continues with a discussion on combat vehicle survivability, firepower, and mobility. This study concludes that a liquid propellant gun is a viable option for the Army to pursue.


Descriptors :   *COMBAT VEHICLES , *LIQUID PROPELLANTS , *LIQUID PROPELLANT GUNS , *FIREPOWER , *SOLID PROPELLANTS , CONVERSION , WEAPONS , REQUIREMENTS , VOLUME , MOBILITY , TRANSPORTATION , WARFARE , PRODUCTION , IMPACT , SURVIVABILITY , WEAPON SYSTEMS , LIQUIDS , PROCESSING , COMPARISON , RATES , EFFICIENCY , SOLIDS , COSTS , PROPELLANTS , AMMUNITION , VEHICLES , DEMILITARIZATION , STORAGE , GUNS , ARMY , BATTLES , BENEFITS


Subject Categories : Ammunition and Explosives
      Combat Vehicles
      Guns


Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE