Improved BIFV (Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle) Troop Compartment Visibility: Development of a Transparent, Bullet-Proof Dome
Final rept. Jan-Dec 1985
LITTON SYSTEMS INC SUNNYVALE CA MELLONICS SYSTEMS DEVELOPMENT DIV
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At present, personnel within the Bradley Fighting Vehicles troop compartment must use a set of vision blocks periscopes while performing close- in local security checks, Forward Observer task, passive air defense, and battlefield reconnaissance prior to dismount. Use of a transparent cargo hatch cover was looked at as a way to enhance combat effectiveness and morale. A prototype was subjected to limited feasibility testing and the results support the conclusion that combat effectiveness is facilitated by the transparent cargo hatch cover. Troop compartment personnel reacted positively to replacement of the present cover with the transparent cargo hatch cover. Recommendations for refining the concept include a two-man bench seat for use with the cover, an interior cover for proper light discipline, and procedures for reducing light reflection to a minimum.
- Combat Vehicles