Development and Testing of a Lightweight Aluminum Track for the U.S. Marine Corps
DAVID W TAYLOR NAVAL SHIP RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT CENTER BETHESDA MD
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The Marine Corps Surface Mobility Program has as a major thrust area, the development of lightweight, affordable, and reliable components for future Marine Corps amphibious vehicles. In a tracked combat vehicle which must also operate in the salt water environment, it is essential that gross vehicle weight be minimized. One area for significant weight reduction potential is track and suspension. The Aluminum Company of America has designed and fabricated an aluminum track which is compatible for installation on the Marine Corps LVT7 family of amphibious vehicles.
- Surface Effect Vehicles and Amphibious Vehicles