New Concepts for U.S. Combat Vehicle Systems
This publication describes a research effort which examined a new approach for developing land combat vehicle systems. The research focused specifically on new tank systems. The report begins with a summary of the asserted needs for significant increases in the capabilities of current combat vehicle systems. Next, a generic concept development approach based on the idea of distributed vehicle systems with unmanned subsystems is described and related to R&D challenges. The approach is used to generate a distributed tank concept, TEARS (Tank Effectiveness Augmentation by Remote Subsystems). The TEARS concept is explored from several aspects, including combat engagement capabilities, technological feasibility, and affordability. Last, a TEARS technology development and demonstration program is outlined.