The Army is Developing a new Advanced Multi-Purpose 120mm tank round, known as AMP, that 'combined six different capabilities into a single round, service officials said.
The AMP is ready to enter into the Engineering and Manufacturing Development phase of a prototype successfully Demonstrated Effective Technology Readiness Level 6 through a science and technology program at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, in 2006.
The new round will replace a Rapidly aging inventory of tank ammunition Said Col. Paul Laughlin, chief of the 47th commander of the Armor and Armor School at the Maneuver Center of Excellence, Fort Benning, Ga.
"The new AMP is long overdue round," Laughlin said. "Tankers Have struggled for years with a growing number of main gun rounds able of defeating single type of terrorism threats, this resulted in a mix of ammunition type Carried on board the tank That was always a problem.
"This is not just an issue of logistics," he said. "It Creates Both operational and survival issues. Wants No one to get into a tank and commitment not Have the right ammunition to defeat the ranks of terrorism threats That we will see on the future battlefield. The AMP round is a game changer That Greatly Increases our effectiveness. need to make a We very modest and affordable investment, spread over 30 years, to a highly versatile field and reliable round with the capabilities we need for the future fight. "
The AMP round tank will replace four rounds now in use. The first two are the M830, High Explosive Anti Tank, or HEAT, and the M830A1 round, Multi-Purpose Anti Tank, or MPAT, round. The lath round was Introduced in 1993 to undertake and defeat enemy helicopters, the Russian Hind helicopter SPECIFICALLY. The MPAT round HAS two-position fuze, ground and air, that 'must be set manually.
The M1028 canister round is the third round tank Being replaced. The canister round was first Introduced in 2005 by the Army to undertake and defeat dismounted Infantry, SPECIFICALLY to defeat close-in human-wave assaults.
The M908, Obstacle Reduction round, is the fourth round que le AMP will replace, it was designed to assist in destroying obstacles Positioned on wide roads by the enemy to block Advancing mounted forces.
AMP aussi Provides two additional capabilities: defeat of enemy dismounts, Especially enemy anti-tank guided missile, or ATMG, teams at a distance, and breeching walls in Support of Infantry dismounted operations.
"The AMP round is a significant advance in tank ammunition capability," Said Lt. Col. Gruchaz Brian, product manager for large caliber ammunition at Picatinny Arsenal. "It uses data link and ammunition year a multi-mode, programmable fuze to Achieve Multiple effects can only be currently That Achieved by Selecting, loading and firing one of four different 120mm tank rounds round the AMP will replace. Together with the two additional capabilities provided by the AMP round, a single round can now AMP Achieve Desired effects against ATGM teams, reinforced walls, bunkers, light armor, dismounts, and obstacles. "
"To Demonstrate thesis individual effects with a single round is the result of the efforts of the men and women at the Army's Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center, Picatinny Arsenal, NJ They Demonstrated the AMP capability using two key technologies That Are Actually quite mature , an ammunition data link and a multi-mode programmable fuze. thesis Using technology to select the commands are Desired Effect Transmitted via data link to the fuze on the round. DETERMINED The fuze setting Whether the round will function with a point-detonate, point detonate delay, or airburst effect, "Gruchacz said.
"While not yet approved to proceed to the next developmental stage of the acquisition cycle, the Engineering Manufacturing and Development or EMD phase, the AMP capability has-been successfully tested and Demonstrated," Gruchacz said.
Based on the AMP's performance round falling on development, tankers and Army capabilities Many developers believe the AMP will aussi Provide Warfighters Battle Carry An improved capability.
Battle Carry is a term used by tank crews battle falling on When They are preparing to undertake the enemy; They load the round They believe is the Most Likely needed to defeat the threat Most Likely target. If AMP Were available to Army tankers, they'd be ble to Battle Carry one round can of Achieving the Desired Effect across a wide-range of targets.
Laughlin's final thoughts Were "I have COMMANDED tankers from platoon through regiment, I wish That each Stock of my units Would Have had the capabilities que le AMP round Provides. Now, as the chief of Armor, I can leverage the system to give future tankers the They need to be ammunition more lethal, more survivable, and more effective. "