Concepts for Design of Lightweight Track for the U.S. Marine Landing Vehicle Assault (LVA)
ALUMINUM CO OF AMERICA ALCOA CENTER PA
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Future military vehicles require significant attention to vehicle weight if the desired advantages of battlefield mobility are to be achieved. Advancements in power-train and material technology will contribute to the design improvements necessary for these vehicles. Use of high strength to weight ratio materials is being stressed, wherever technically advisable and economically cost effective. As part of the design considerations for a future U. S. Marine Corps amphibious personnel carrier type vehicle, Landing Vehicle Assault LVA, the feasibility of using a lightweight aluminum track has been examined. Four concepts for a LVA track that would achieve significant weight savings compared to existing steel tracks are examined. Two concepts are suggested for further evaluation, prototyping, and vehicle testing. Preliminary weight and production price estimates are made.
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles
- Combat Vehicles