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Assessment of Crusader : the Army's next self-propelled howitzer and resupply vehicle
Matsumura, John.
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Santa Monica, CA : RAND, 1998.
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xx, 44 pages : illustrations (some color) ; 23 cm
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"Prepared for the United States Army."

"Rand Arroyo Center."
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The research explores the utility of the Crusader system, a next-generation self-propelled howitzer and resupply vehicle, to the future of the U.S. Army, including both the near-term Army XXI and the farther-term Army After Next. Specific questions were asked about Crusader's ability to provide firepower on the future battlefield and to serve as a major technology "carrier" into the Army After Next era. The report answers these questions and addresses other issues that may surface in considering the relative need for a state-of-the-art, self-propelled howitzer in light of other Army interests.

Table of Contents

Prefacep. iii
Figuresp. vii
Tablesp. ix
Summaryp. xi
Acknowledgmentsp. xvii
Abbreviationsp. xix
Chapter 1 The Fire Support Dilemmap. 1
Evolution of SElf-Propelled Howitzersp. 1
Use of Self-Propelled Howitzers in Desert Stormp. 2
Paladin Does Not Resolve Shortfallsp. 3
Crusader Is a System Designed to Meet Near-Term Future Needsp. 4
Focus of This Reportp. 7
How This Report Is Organizedp. 7
Chapter 2 The Emerging Threat Artillery Environmentp. 9
Worldwide Summary of Self-Propelled Howitzersp. 9
Rangep. 10
Rate of Firep. 10
Self-Location/On-Board Fire controlp. 11
Protectionp. 12
Ammunition-Carrying Capacityp. 13
Proliferation of Target Acquisition systemsp. 13
Counterfire Radarsp. 15
Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)p. 15
Greater Availability of Precision Munitions for Counterfirep. 16
Improved Fire Support Appears to Be Neededp. 17
Chapter 3 Crusader Offers Considerable Firepower Improvementp. 19
Greatly Improved Application of Firep. 19
A New Opportunity? Countering Enemy MRLsp. 22
Chapter 4 Where Does Crusader Fit in the Future of the Army?p. 27
Delivery Schedule Puts Crusader in Both Army XXI and AAN Forcesp. 28
Crusader Technologies May Apply to the AAN Erap. 29
Close-In Fire Support May Be Changing in the Far Futurep. 31
Chapter 5 Cannon-Based Fires: Looking to the Futurep. 33
Other Potential Alternatives to Crusaderp. 33
Strength of Cannons Is Versatility and Low-Cost Deliveryp. 35
Crusader's Role in the Farther Futurep. 36
Referencesp. 39