The Lightweight Artillery Projectile
Final rept. Jan 1999-Mar 2001
ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD
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This report discusses the logistical advantages of using composite materials as a substitute for steel in 155-mm cargo-carrying artillery shells. A weight savings of 25-30 per projectile can be realized. Combined with the weight savings offered by the XM777 lightweight howitzer, Light and Rapid Deployment Forces can be equipped with the firepower of the 155-mm cannon utilizing projectiles with a four-to-one lethality advantage over their 105-mm counterpart, while weighing approximately twice as much. The system of lightweight howitzers and projectiles offers these forces a substantial increase in lethality as measured by kills per logistical ton.
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