Annex E. International Armaments Strategy
Army Science and Technology Master Plan (ASTMP 1997)

2. Combat Vehicle Crew Compartment Design/Technology (Germany)

Description: Germany, specifically the firm of Pietsch, has conducted extensive future combat crew compartment studies, focusing crew size reduction, human factors such as man-machine interface, endurance, and multiple taskings. Integration of technologies such as sensor suites, optronics, and robotics (automation) have been demonstrated and continue to be pursued. U.S./GE cooperation under the Combat Vehicle Command and Control (CVC2) MOU and ongoing Vetronics exchanges are important factors influencing future crew and compartment design with respect to required displays and relief of human tasks.

Justification: German research and development activities in this area support STO/ATD Crewman's Associate, Advanced Tank Technologies (ATT), and potential initiatives under the TARDEC/ARL Advanced Armored Vehicle Technologies Program.

Implementation: There are existing agreements in this technology area with Germany which could potentially expedite implementation of a specific program. The agreements provides for the exchange of information to include studies of possibilities, concepts, and developments in the following areas:
- Day and night observation equipment
- Sighting and fire control equipment including stabilization and gun control systems
- Data processing equipment, sensors, modes logic
- Radio and navigation equipment
- Test, display, and operating equipment
- Laser application for battle tank fire control
- Laser application for artillery fire control

Inquiries regarding cooperative projects and arrangements in this area should be directed to the AMC POCs identified below.


Dr. Rodney Smith
Army Materiel Command
5001 Eisenhower Blvd.
Alexandria, VA 22333-0001
e-mail: [email protected]


Mr. William Lowe
U.S. Army Tank-Automotive and Armaments Command
Warren, MI 48397-5000
e-mail: [email protected]