Accession Number : ADA183982

Title :   Lightweight Towed Howitzer Demonstrator. Phase 1 and Partial Phase 2. Volume A. Overview.

Descriptive Note : Final rept. 20 Dec 85-13 Mar 87,

Corporate Author : FMC CORP MINNEAPOLIS MINN NORTHERN ORDNANCE DIV

Personal Author(s) : Rathe,Robert ; Anderson,Bart

PDF Url : ADA183982

Report Date : Apr 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 333

Abstract : The LTHD (Lightweight Towed Howitzer Demonstrator) was to be a 9,000 lb equivalent to the M198, transportable via Blackhawk helicopter, with reduced emplacement time using fewer personnel. The FMC design achieved weight reduction via a mortar-like configuration, composites structure, and hydraulic actuators. Recovery of power from the recoil system, in turn, facilitated crew reduction via hydraulic emplacement, four-way joystick tube lay, and power ramming. FM completed Concept Development (PH I) and two-thirds of Detailed Design (Ph II) prior to funds running out. Keywords: 155mm towed gun howitzer, advanced weapons, composite cradle, composite hydraulic actuators, composite trails, field artillery weapon, firing stability analysis, howitzers, hydraulic control valves with force feedback, hydraulic joystick control of gun direction, hydraulic inertial rammer, hydraulic opening breech, hydraulic primer autoloader, load out of battery howitzer, mortar howitzer, recoil energy recovery, recoil mechanism, metal matrix composites, titanium muzzle brake, titanium platform, titanium spade, titanium walking beams, thermal stability, towing stability analysis, unconventional weapons.

Descriptors :   *HOWITZERS, ADVANCED WEAPONS, HYDRAULIC ACTUATORS, CONTROL, GUN DIRECTORS, ARTILLERY UNITS, FIELD ARMY, FEEDBACK, FORCE(MECHANICS), HYDRAULIC VALVES, SUPPORTS, COMPOSITE MATERIALS, CREWS, REDUCTION, STABILITY, HELICOPTERS, EMPLACEMENT, HYDRAULICS, CONTROL STICKS, BREECH MECHANISMS, OPENING(PROCESS), DEMONSTRATIONS, LIGHTWEIGHT, TOWED BODIES, MORTARS, RECOIL MECHANISMS, TIME, MUZZLE BRAKES, TITANIUM, SHOVELS, UNCONVENTIONAL WEAPONS, AUTOMATIC, HYDRAULICS, LOADERS, PRIMERS, METAL MATRIX COMPOSITES, ENERGY, RECOIL, RECOVERY, THERMAL STABILITY, PLATFORMS, TOWING, WEIGHT REDUCTION

Subject Categories : Guns

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE