Original Date: 11/03/1996
Revision Date: 01/18/2007
Information : Future Armor Rearm System
The Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL) Future Armor Rearm System (FARS) makes extensive use of robotics technology to provide a safer, more efficient method of providing underway replenishment of tank ammunition. FARS represents a totally integrated solution between the fighting vehicle and the supply vehicle. The system, consisting of a carousel containing a combination of 120mm and 140mm shells used for various missions, allows the tank commander to select the correct shell for the mission. The system also has the capability of unloading shells from the tank.
FARS was an Advanced Technology Demonstrator program in which the Army provided a chassis modified by ORNL. The Army also modified an M1A1 tank to accept shells according to instructions provided by ORNL. The shells, lift table, and transfer mechanism are all contained on a carousel, which allows the transfer arm on the supply vehicle to align with the receiver on the tank under a wide variety of terrain conditions.
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