An Exploration of Integrated Ground Weapons Concepts for Armor/Anti-Armor Missions

by Randall Steeb, Keith Brendley, Daniel M. Norton, John R. Bondanella, Richard G. Salter, Terrell G. Covington

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This report summarizes the results of an analytic exploration of future armored vehicle designs. It focuses on the design of light and heavy anti-armor vehicles. The authors surveyed and analyzed protection systems, weapon systems, mobility systems, sensor packages, crewspace designs, and electronics architectures, and used computer simulations to test many of their recommended configurations. They found that reduced-crew anti-armor vehicle concepts should be achievable using available technology. The designs are projected to be smaller, more maneuverable, more lethal, and less vulnerable than their currently fielded counterparts.

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