Army Acquisition. Problems with the Sense and Destroy Armor Munition
GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL AFFAIRS DIV
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SADARM is a fire-and-forget submunition designed for the Armys counterfire mission to defeat self-propelled howitzers, armored personnel carriers, and other stationary armored threat vehicles. The Army is developing two sizes of SADARM submunitions for use with 155-mm howitzers and the Multiple Launch Rocket System MLRS see fig. 1. The 155-mm projectile carries two submunitions, and the MLRS rocket dispenser carries six. Each submunition has the capability to sense and defeat a target. The 155-mm SADARM projectile is not ready for low-rate initial production because development testing has not demonstrated that it meets the Armys required level of reliability. In addition, the Army has not resolved concerns with the SADARM submunitions reliability and the contractors ability to successfully enter production.
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