Accession Number:

ADA394797

Title:

The Lightweight Artillery Projectile

Descriptive Note:

Final rept. Jan 1999-Mar 2001

Corporate Author:

ARMY RESEARCH LAB ABERDEEN PROVING GROUND MD

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

2001-09-01

Pagination or Media Count:

44.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Ammunition and Explosives
  • Guns

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE