Modern MBTs (Main Battle Tank) are extremely expensive. Many outdated MBTs and other armored vehicles, often lacking the required armor protection, are still kept in depots. It is now convenient to upgrade them to optionally unmanned weapons by adding a humanoid driver, and a robotic arm as a loader. Sensors, an optional automatic driving system, a control and communication suite would complete the transformation. The main armament and secondary armament may be also changed or upgraded. The off-the-shelf huge electronic equipment can be installed wireless inside the hull. The old crew compartment may be spoiled of all the human related parts. Only the driver seat may be kept in order to leave the capability to remove the humanoid, robotized driver and reinstate the human one. This upgrade should also include a diagnostic system for the vehicle, the sensors and the additional systems to reduce the maintenance burden. An additional, specialized, lightweight armor suite should be focused to protect the mobilization system, the robots, the control and the communication system. This second part of the paper introduces a few options to convert the Leopard 1 MBT to an optionally piloted UMBT (Unmanned Main Battle Tank). A first, minimal step, is just the automation of the original tank. In a second step, the weight is reduced by installing a smaller 60mm cannon with a lighter, but more numerous ammunition storage. A third step increases the firepower by installing on the main turret an automated turret with a 12.7 or 30mm cannon with an optional additional 7.62 machinegun. It is also highly advisable to add an APU (Auxiliary Power Unit) and a battery to reduce IR (infrared) signature, improve main engine life and reduce maintenance.
Piancastelli, L., Pezzuti, E., & Cassani, S. (2020). Next generation main battle tank. Part II: Converting old MBTS into unmanned MBTS (UMBT). JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES, 15(14), 1582-1591.
|Tipologia:||Articolo su rivista|
|Citazione:||Piancastelli, L., Pezzuti, E., & Cassani, S. (2020). Next generation main battle tank. Part II: Converting old MBTS into unmanned MBTS (UMBT). JOURNAL OF ENGINEERING AND APPLIED SCIENCES, 15(14), 1582-1591.|
|Settore Scientifico Disciplinare:||Settore ING-IND/15|
|Revisione (peer review):||Esperti anonimi|
|Stato di pubblicazione:||Pubblicato|
|Data di pubblicazione:||lug-2020|
|Titolo:||Next generation main battle tank. Part II: Converting old MBTS into unmanned MBTS (UMBT)|
|Autori:||Piancastelli, L; Pezzuti, E; Cassani, S|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||01 - Articolo su rivista|