Effects of Tank Gun Structural Components on the First Shot Hit Probability
Keywords: Gun dynamics, First shot hit probability, Main gun structure, Projectile system
AbstractFire power for a main battle tank is one of the most important performance parameters like survivability and mobility. Fire power effectiveness is directly related to the first shot hit probability, performance of main gun, second armament, gun and turret drive system, fire control system, automatic target tracker, commander and gunner sight etc. First shot hit probability (a measure of cumulative effects of errors) is affected by the variations of the projectile parameters, the main gun structure uncertainties, fire control system errors, interaction between the projectile and the gun barrel and the unpredictable environmental changes. These errors and variations can be eliminated or minimised by understanding and simulating the firing event properly, manufacturing the related parts in high precision, using advanced fire control algorithms, and accurate sensors. In this review study, the effects of main gun structural components on the first shot hit probability are investigated taking into account all of the associated error sources. In order for a main battle tank to have both high and repetitive first shot hit probability under all battlefield conditions the gun structure should respond in a similar manner in successive firings without causing any abrupt change in performance. In this study, first the dynamic behaviour of gun/projectile system is discussed and then the design recommendations for the main gun components such as bearings, gun barrel, recoil system etc. to achieve higher first shot hit probability are reviewed.
How to Cite
Dursun, T., Utlu, Çağrıhan, & Özkan, E. (2018). Effects of Tank Gun Structural Components on the First Shot Hit Probability. Defence Science Journal, 68(3), 273-281. https://doi.org/10.14429/dsj.68.12246
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