Accession Number : ADP001076

Title :   A Robotic Tank Gun Autoloader,

Corporate Author : ARMY ARMAMENT RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT COMMAND WATERVLIET NY LARGE CALIBER WEAPON SYSTEMS LAB

Personal Author(s) : Derby,S. J.

Report Date : OCT 1982

Pagination or Media Count : 13

Abstract : The use of a robotic arm to load rounds in a tank gun has been considered for the Improved Conventional Armament System (ICAS). Such a device will be able to both transfer the ready rounds located in the turret basket to the rear of the breech and resupply the turret with rounds stored in the hull. The present preliminary design has been modeled on a robot computer graphics simulation program (GRASP). To assist the robot controller, the GRASP program will provide a trajectory that is computed to minimize unnecessary joint motion. A mini computer will operate the robot's servo controlled hydraulic actuators. (Author)

Descriptors :   *Control theory, *Weapon systems, *Symposia, *Robotics, Ammunition, Loading(Handling), Tanks(Combat vehicles), Computer aided design, Mechanical components, Linkages

Distribution Statement : APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE