Assessment of Crusader

The Army's Next Self-Propelled Howitzer and Resupply Vehicle

by John Matsumura, Randall Steeb, John Gordon IV


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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

  • Preface

  • Figures

  • Tables

  • Summary

  • Acknowledgments

  • Abbreviations

  • Chapter One

    The Fire Support Dilemma

  • Chapter Two

    The Emerging Threat Artillery Environment

  • Chapter Three

    Crusader Offers Considerable Firepower Improvement

  • Chapter Four

    Where Does Crusader Fit in the Future of the Army?

  • Chapter Five

    Cannon-Based Fires: Looking to the Future

  • Bibliography


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