Stealth ground vehicle

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The Challenger 2 incorporates stealth technology

Ground vehicles using stealth technology have come to fruition at various times in history.

The Challenger 2 features a redesigned hull and turret offering lower radar observability over its predecessor.[1] More recently, the joint U.S./British Future Scout Cavalry System concept was experimented with and appeared in prototype form before being canceled.[2] Other vehicles, particularly unmanned ground vehicles, may unintentionally have an undetectably low radar signature due to their small size. Various coatings and radar absorbing layers of material are available for combat vehicles.

The Armored Gun System program of the 1980s attempted to create a stealth vehicle. One of the competitors, the Stingray light tank later became Thailand's light tank. The M1A2 Abrams was also originally supposed to incorporate stealth.[3] The U.S. Future Combat Systems manned ground vehicles family also incorporated a reduced cross section but was canceled in 2009.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Spencer Tucker (2004). "5". Tanks: an illustrated history of their impact. p. 182. ISBN 1-57607-996-1. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  2. ^ "Future Scout and Cavalry System (FSCS) Tactical Reconnaissance Armoured Combat Equipment Requirement (TRACER) Armored Scout and Reconnaissance Vehicle (ASRV)". GlobalSecurity.org. Retrieved 10 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Nick Nichols. Tanks for Tomorrow. Popular Mechanics.