Accession Number : ADA326188

Title :   Army Armored Systems: Meeting Crusader Requirements Will Be A Technical Challenge.

Corporate Author : GENERAL ACCOUNTING OFFICE WASHINGTON DC NATIONAL SECURITY AND INTERNATIONAL A FFAIRS DIV

PDF Url : ADA326188

Report Date : 06 JUN 1997

Pagination or Media Count : 22

Abstract : The Army is developing its next generation field artillery system, called the Crusader, to support its fast moving maneuver forces. The Crusader system consists of a self propelled 155-millimeter howitzer and a resupply vehicle. We reviewed selected aspects of the Crusader program to determine (1) what the status of the program was and (2) whether there are any alternative howitzer systems that could meet the Crusader requirements. The Crusader was to be developed with an advanced technology, liquid propellant cannon; however, in March 1996, the Army decided to develop the system with an advanced technology solid propellant cannon because of escalating developmental costs and chronic technical problems associated with the liquid propellant cannon. The Army plans to replace its current self propelled artillery system-the M109A6 Paladin and the M992 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle (FAASV)-with the Crusader system in the rapidly deployable and forward deployed forces. The Army estimates it will cost over $12 billion (in fiscal year 1995 constant dollars) to design and procure 824 Crusader howitzers and 824 Crusader resupply vehicles. The Crusader system unit cost is estimated to be $14.7 million (in fiscal year 1995 constant dollars)-$7.5 million for the howitzer, $5.8 million for the resupply vehicle, and $1.4 million that the Army could not divide between the two vehicles. The system is being designed under its program definition and risk reduction phase, with the first prototype scheduled for delivery in October 1999.

Descriptors :   *CARGO VEHICLES, *MILITARY REQUIREMENTS, *INTEGRATED SYSTEMS, *ARMORED VEHICLES, *ARTILLERY UNITS, *FIELD ARMY, *HOWITZERS, *SELF PROPELLED GUNS, MILITARY FORCES(UNITED STATES), ARMOR, DEPLOYMENT, FORWARD AREAS, RISK, PROTOTYPES, ESTIMATES, REDUCTION, COSTS, ARMY EQUIPMENT, LIQUID PROPELLANTS, ARMY PLANNING, ARTILLERY AMMUNITION, REPLENISHMENT.

Subject Categories : Military Forces and Organizations
      Combat Vehicles
      Guns

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