The Red Army, Russian Tanks, German Tanks


The m901 armored missile vehicle

Efforts to provide a better carrier mount for the TOW were in progress by early 1972. In March, a twin tube launcher was installed on an M113 using a pivoting, ten foot, vertical boom. Named the Elevated Antitank Missile Launcher Test Rig, it was intended to permit firing the missile with vehicle in hull defilade. The boom pivoted down to ground level for reloading, but it could only be done from outside the vehicle.

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Antitank vehicle, Armored personnel carrier

Although there were some problems with the semiautomatic loader, the tests at Aberdeen concluded that there was no degradation of accuracy when firing the turret mounted recoilless rifle. However, in March 1961, the Materiel Requirement Review Committee decided that there was no longer a requirement that justified the development of an antitank vehicle version of the T114 and that all time and assets should be allocated to the development of the command and reconnaissance vehicle. The two antitank pilots were then converted to the revised design of the command and reconnaissance vehicle for user evaluation.

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Vehicle with the 106mm recoilless rifle

In June 1961, an XM106 mortar carrier was used to carry an AN/TPS-25 radar set. Designated as the AN/MPS-30 mobile surveillance radar, it was intended to provide armor protected, mobile, electronic ground surveillance for the field forces. The roof door on the XM106 allowed the radome and antenna to be easily raised and retracted.

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M577A3 command post carrier, Command post

Incorporation of the RISE power pack and new driver's controls resulted in another change of designation. The vehicle now became the M577A3 command post carrier. In addition, the gasoline powered 4.2 kW auxiliary generator could be replaced by a 5 kW diesel driven auxiliary generator. Other improvements could include armor enhancements, the BCIS, contact spall liners, the driver's night viewer, and other modifications proposed for the armored personnel carrier. The M577A3 conversion program began in 1994. Intended to accommodate the U.S. Army tactical command and control system (ATCCS), it was manned by a crew of four consisting of a commander, driver, and two command post operators.

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Command post carrier, The personnel compartment

Acceptance of the first production lot of 270 XM577s began in December 1962 and was complete in May 1963. In March 1963, AMCTCM Item 640 classified the M577 command post carrier as Standard A. Acceptance of a second production run of 674 M577s began in November 1963 and was completed in mid 1964. Compared to the M113, the most obvious difference of the M577 was the high silhouette necessary to provide adequate headroom in the personnel compartment. U.S. Army

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