Annex A. Science And Technology Objectives (STOs)
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)


III.G.10. Direct Fire Lethality ATD. In FY96, continue component development and, in FY97, demonstrate 120mm KE precursor penetrator to defeat the 2005 Explosive Reactive Armor (ERA) projected threat with an increase of 50 percent in lethality over the M829A2. In FY98, statically demonstrate 120 Smart Target Activated Fire and Forget (STAFF) dual liner Explosively Formed Penetrator (EFP) warhead function to form an ultra-long EFP, and conduct a hardstand dynamic demonstration of a Electric Direct Turret Azimuth Drive (gearless) technology. In FY99, demonstrate Smart Barrel Actuator active damping control of a M256 120mm gun tube in non-firing, dynamic tests. In FY00-01, conduct demonstrations. The ATD exit criteria requires, in FY00, an integrated 120mm KE Cartridge to defeat the 2005 ERA protected threat with 30 percent increase in system accuracy under stationary conditions over the M829A2/M1A2; demonstrate minimum 33 percent increase in armor defeat with a 120 dual liner STAFF warhead. In FY01, demonstrate a 300 percent increase (a 3 Km) in probability of hit over the M1A2 under dynamic scenarios using Smart Barrel Actuators, fully integrated gearless Turret/Gun Direct Drives, and Modern Digital Servo Control. (Note: The Advanced KE Cartridge FAST TRACK Acquisition Program is a joint effort with PM-TMAS. The PM will provide $4.6M in FY98 and $6.8M in FY99 pending an M829E3 technology decision in FY97.)

Supports: All anti-armor weapon systems and weapon platforms: 120mm tank munitions (KE, CE), for Abrams, FCS. Mounted BL.

STO Manager: TSO: TRADOC POC:
Anthony Sebasto John Appel Bob Bolling
ARDEC SARD-TT USAARMC
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