Accession Number : AD0287124

Title :   HEAVY, PUSHER-TYPE, MINE-CLEARING EXCAVATOR

Descriptive Note : Technical rept.

Corporate Author : ARMY ENGINEER RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT LABS FORT BELVOIR VA

Personal Author(s) : FOLK,L.E.

Report Date : 22 AUG 1962

Pagination or Media Count : 45

Abstract : A development program for a mobile V-type plow excavator to be used for minefield clearance is reported. The heavy, pusher-type, mine-clearing excavator is a huge and complex device designed to perform the gigantic job of continuously excavating all land-mines and soil to a depth of 3 feet from a path 14 feet wide at a speed of 3 mph. This amounted to excavating soil at a rate of approximately 30,000 cubic yards per hour. The most serious technical deficiency and cause of trouble centered around the electric wheel drive system. Although the general size of the excavator and the concept of furnishing needed power by means of fighting tank vehicles pushing in tandem were well known and acceptable to the Combat Arms at the initiation of development, changes in the world situation and military thinking combined to cause cancellation of the program on a basis of cost, complexity, and tactical employment. (Author)

Descriptors :   *EARTH HANDLING EQUIPMENT, *MINE CLEARANCE, MILITARY OPERATIONS, BULLDOZERS, DESIGN, DISPOSAL, LAND MINES, PRODUCTION

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE