A Fire Out-of-Battery Tank Gun: Theory and Simulation
ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH DEVELOPMENT AND ENGINEERING CENTER WATERVLIET NY BENET LABS
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As part of the Army After Next effort, TACOM-ARDECs Benet Laboratories undertook a radical departure from current tank gun recoil to engineer a soft recoil tank gun. Such a leap in technology may be required to enable a lightweight future combat system to withstand the recoil imparted by a large fiber gun, especially during fire on the move. Although soft recoil is not new to smaller caliber guns and howitzers, implementation for a large caliber tank gun is unprecedented. The theoretical foundations of this recoil management technology will be presented here. Experimental test results from a 105-mm fire out-of-battery tank gun demonstrator will be presented in a separate report.