WATERTOWN ARSENAL LABS MA
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It is the purpose of this paper to explore the utility of spaced armor in greatly increasing protection with only a slight increase in the weight of armor, to consider the types of attack which may be effectively coped with by spaced armor, and also to describe the limitations of spaced armor. Means of improving the effectiveness of armor-piercing projectiles against spaced armor will also be considered. Spaced armor refers to a structure consisting of a moderately thin plate in front of, and separated by a space from, a considerably thicker armor plate which constitutes the main armor of the vehicle under consideration. The thin front plate, called the skirting plate, faces the attack, and represents approximately 10 or less of the total weight of the armor. A more complex spaced armor arrangement may comprise a number of skirting plates.