Survey of Modular Military Vehicles: Benefits and Burdens
Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center (TARDEC) Warren United States
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Modularity in military vehicle design is generally considered a positive attribute that promotes adaptability, resilience, and cost savings. The benefits and burdens of modularity are considered by studying historical programs dating back to World War II. Using a taxonomy developed at the U.S. Army Tank Automotive Research, Development and Engineering Center, vehicles were considered based on horizontal modularity, vertical modularity, and distributed modularity. Examples were given for each type, including the most extensive attempt at horizontal modularity in the1980s, known as the Armored Family of Vehicles.