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Evaluation of an Available Gyrocompassing Land Navigator to Provide an Artillery Shoot and Move Capability.
ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER DOVER NJ FIRE CONTROL AND SMAL L CALIBER WEAPON SYSTEMS LAB
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Results are documented of a limited test conducted to demonstrate the capability of Gyro Technology to support weapon positioning and pointing requirements to provide a real time shoot and move capability. Such a system eliminates the need to shoot from presurveyed position and, for the first time would allow for the conduct of accurate hasty emplacements, roving guns, dispersed artillery, and so on. A method is presented for providing the Artilleryman with continuously updated Universal Transverse Mercator UTM position coordinates. It also provides the capability for laying a weapon on a preferred azimuth in essentially zero time. Following the laying procedure, the existing on carriage fire control pantel and quadrant may then be used to lay on subsequent targets. The system used to demonstrate this capability was the Singer Kearfott ANS 2000 land navigator. The evaluation was conducted in both an M109A1 155 mm self-propelled howitzer, and an M113 armored personnel carrier. Results obtained are extremely encouraging and demonstrate the soundness of both the technology and the weapon laying technique.
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