Accession Number : ADA185851

Title :   Antitank Weapons: Current and Future Capabilities.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC PROGRAM EVALUATION AND METHODOLOGY DI V

Report Date : SEP 1987

Pagination or Media Count : 119

Abstract : DOD does not routinely measure the performance of infantry antitank weapons on each effectiveness factor under all of the degraded conditions the weapons are likely to encounter. However, even the partial information available from DOD suggests that combat conditions can severely degrade effectiveness. New technologies may improve the effectiveness of infantry antitank weapons in some respects. The new high energy antiarmor warhead used in SMAW-HEAA could provide a higher probability of kill than the M72 or AT4 warhead. Fiber-optic technology makes it possible to relay an overhead view of the battlefield from the missile's camera to the gunner's screen. Consequently, FOG-M may be more accurate than the current wire-guided missiles, especially in the presence of fog, smoke, or other obscurants. Fiber-optic technology provides other capabilities , such as added range, that may improve sustainability and survivability. Without extensive testing and field experience, these possibilities remain uncertain.

Descriptors :   *ANTITANK WEAPONS, ANTIARMOR AMMUNITION, BATTLEFIELDS, FIBER OPTICS, GUIDED MISSILES, INFANTRY, KILL PROBABILITIES, SMOKE, SURVIVABILITY, WARFARE, WARHEADS, WIRE GUIDANCE, WEAPONS, OPERATIONAL EFFECTIVENESS.

Subject Categories : Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE