Artillery: December 4, 1999


Army Chief of Staff Shinseki is reportedly unhappy with the Crusader artillery system, which (including both the gun vehicle and the ammunition reload vehicle) weighs 100 tons per fire unit. Shinseki reportedly wants the gun vehicle reduced in weight and the ammunition carrier replaced by a large wheeled and unarmored truck. This would reduce costs and make the system more easily deployed overseas. --Stephen V Cole




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