Measurement of Tank Gun Dynamics in Support of a Dynamic Muzzle Referencing System
DEFENCE RESEARCH ESTABLISHMENT OTTAWA (ONTARIO)
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Experiments were conducted on a Leopard Cl main battle tank with a 105 mm gun to determine its non-firing, terrain-induced muzzle dynamics. The sensors included gyroscopes and accelerometers placed at the ends and the center of the gunn barrel. The experiments were conducted in support of a Kalman filter design for a new tank Dynamic Muzzle Referencing System which is being developed by DND as a subsystem for a comprehensive Integrated Fire Control System for a future Main Battle Tank. Preliminary data analysis shows significant muzzle motion but most of this is attributed to gun stabilization system errors 1 to 2 milliradians. Some evidence of barrel bending was found 12 to 1 12 mrad.
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