Accession Number:

ADA237212

Title:

An Exploration of Integrated Ground Weapons Concepts for Armor/Anti- Armor Missions

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

RAND CORP SANTA MONICA CA

Report Date:

1991-01-01

Pagination or Media Count:

199.0

Abstract:

This report examines some near-and far-term options for dramatically enhancing the effectiveness of U.S. armored vehicles. We concentrated on dramatic change rather than conservative, evolutionary processes, because of the long U.S. procurement cycle. The technological options we consider include new weapons systems, autoloaders, automatic target recognition systems, propulsion packages, sensor suites, and even completely new chassis configurations. All of our options rely heavily on automation to reduce the crew burden. Some of the impetus for this work comes from upgrade programs on the M1-A1, Bradley, and U. S. Marine Corps light armored vehicle LAV. The principal output of this work is a set of candidate designs for MBTs and light armored vehicles, developed through analytic studies, simulations, and computer aided design. The work focuses on the design of light and heavy antiarmor vehicles. Surveys and analyses are made of protection systems, weapon systems, mobility systems, sensor packages, crewspace designs, and electronics architectures.

Subject Categories:

  • Combat Vehicles

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE