The research explores the utility of the Crusader system, a next-generation self-propelled howitzer and resupply vehicle, to the future of the U.S. Army, including both the near-term Army XXI and the farther-term Army After Next. Specific questions were asked about Crusader's ability to provide firepower on the future battlefield and to serve as a major technology "carrier" into the Army After Next era. The report answers these questions and addresses other issues that may surface in considering the relative need for a state-of-the-art, self-propelled howitzer in light of other Army interests.
Table of Contents
The Fire Support Dilemma
The Emerging Threat Artillery Environment
Crusader Offers Considerable Firepower Improvement
Where Does Crusader Fit in the Future of the Army?
Cannon-Based Fires: Looking to the Future