Attribute Analysis of the Armor Machine Gun Candidates
ARMY ARMAMENT COMMAND ROCK ISLAND IL SYSTEMS ANALYSIS DIRECTORATE
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In may 74, the Army initiated a program to select an interim weapon from the existing world wide off-the-shelf hardware to replace the current 7. 62mm M219 Coax Machine Gun. Since inception, the M219 has had a history of reliability problems in the field. Alternatives considered were the M219, the product improved M219, the M60E2, and foreign 7.62mm weapons. As part of the evaluation, an attribute analysis was conducted to compare the technical performance, RAM-D and physical characteristics of the candidates. Due to wide variability in test procedures, sample size quality, gathered data, and results available for the candidate weapons, engineering experts were brought together to achieve a blend of data and opinion on each candidate weapon. Discussions ensued until a consensus was reached on ranking and scoring each candidate for 23 attributes. An analysis was then performed to establish a weapon ranking and dominance of ranking as a function of attribute weights.
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