To start this off I'd just like to say my brother is a marine and I worry very much for the safety of our servicemen. On top of this worry is a deep
and abiding frustration with defense contractors who put profit over keeping our service men safe. Because of this I have spent time on the internet
researching the scourge that is IED's, and what can be done to mitigate their effects with vehicle design.
I'd like to share an Idea I have in this thread to get the ball rolling then see or hear about the ideas or input on my idea others have.
This is the Steel Lynx RSTA/ convoy protection vehicle
The steel lynx RSTA vehicle (RSTA stands for reconnaissance surveillance and target acdquisition) is designed using hub center steering inside an
armored section in the suspension arms. With each wheel using hub motors and high impact solid wheels with replaceable subsections .... The front and
rear wheels have heavy armor covers, resembling the way a cats claw retracts into the sheath when unneeded. These sheathes will be spring loaded so
pressure on them will make them raise allowing automatic obstacle clearance while protecting as much of the wheels as possible. The sheathes will
have a 50 + degree bevel to facilitate lifting without snagging and binding when obstacles are encountered.
By doing this it allows us to armor very heavily the section around the wheels and it's motors … The “booms” the wheels attach to are
actually swing arms that serve as vehicle suspension they can traverse not just up and down but outward and inward giving it a wider or narrower
stance as needed.(This is to facilitate travel through difficult terrain and also to allow the vehicle to be put in shipping containers or other
The wheel covers will function like a cats claw sheath in reverse instead of going outward when pushed they will travel upward exposing enough of the
wheel to allow the vehicle to clear the obstacle then immediately return back to covering all but the bottom of the wheel as soon as possible.
THis is a picture of a hub center steering mechanism which each will on the end of the swingarm will be equipped with allowing the vehicle to spin in
place and etc.
The hull has it's patented “multi V” bottom ( the hull has 3 V's with vehicle crew positions centrally located in a deep portion of the V. In
it's standard configuration all 3 crewmen are spaced down the centerline of the vehicle for maximum protection) and the hull is shaped specifically to
shrug off as much fire as possible. The vehicle is able to alter it's ride height (height to bottom of the chassis V's) from 4 to 36 inches... (this
is for good reason as wheeled vehicles in urban terrain are already at a disadvantage.) The rear of the vehicle is a little thicker than the front end
due to it's ordnance storage compartments at the outside edges... These compartments are designed so any catastrophic hit will push the ordnance up or
down out of the vehicle if a compartment is penetrated. (thus keeping a hit from destroying the vehicle in addition there will be blast chimeneys
around the ordnance storage areas allowing blow out to go up and down with extra belted armor to keep the explosion away from the crew and power pack)
This vehicle would probably be pretty expensive to build and weigh 8 or more tons but for wheeled scouting it's the best I can come up with and the 4
wheel steering should give them an edge.... (they need to be able to spin in a circle in place) In addition each side of the vehicle will have steps
for infantry to ride on and field telephone on a strategically located panel UNDER the vehicle so infantry man can use it as cover from mortars and be
protected during firing of the main weapons. The vehicle uses a cast aluminum hull like the m113. It can also accept a pontoon kit that fits under
the “suspension arms” making it float but keeping it's pontoons safe. Armoring should be 14.5mm resistant all over and able to take kits for
much heavier armor. NOTE the main HULL is exactly that ! It's a Hull the two forward and two aft booms have entrances through the boom mount
portion... each boom is independently sprung on horizontal hydropneumatic shocks that also control ride hide... each shock is triple encased in heavy
spaced laminate diamond shapes designed to turn rounds coming from vertically and horizontally almost every time. The booms if they lose
pressurization have mechanical linkages which allow you to set the height manually. (do not know how this will work but we can make it work.... Not to
mention the actual boom design is made specifically to absorb shocks on their own.... I'd like to make it a half track on some versions for heavier
fighting or etc.)
CREW: 3 1driver in center of the bow under the main gun … driver has an MG gunport and controls bow flamethrower. 1 Gunner inside turret 1 loader
and observer in the stern also with his own small mg mounted over his head... Loader has an armored position for during combat similar to a ball
turret in a b 17.
The Vehicle will have a mast style sensor like standard RSTA vehicles and the longbow type sensor masts. Operated primarily by the loader / stern
gunner but controllable by all stations each weapon system has a mm wave radar ultra sound and night vision for the crew. Because of the design of
the crew vision systems each man's single night vision has multiple fibre optically connected CCD cameras to choose from or can run in composite of
ALL of them. (These function in lieu of the vision blocks on a standard vehicle... by using shock mounted standard off the shelf CCD”s behind 2 inch
clear ballistic lexan shields you could afford to add in much more. Although I would keep a standard periscope for episcope for each man that does not
require power to be operated.) In addition there would be a shot finder integrated into the mast and designed to help back trace fire.
TURRET: The turret on the vehicle is oversized and not all of it heavily armored however the Forward portion is designed to take autocannon hits.
The gunner sits in a central section of the turret where he can reload the weapons systems completely under armor. It's main gun located centrally in
the convoy security module is a dual feed capable GAU 19 with long barrels fed from two 1100 round bins situated to either side of the gunnery chair
(there is armor between him and the bin of spaced laminate variety with blast redirectors out the bottom) … also each bin is designed so in the
event it's breached and temperature raises over 140 farheinheit, the rounds are dropped out the bottom of the vehicle. This was difficult to manage
because of the mine protection but the engineers found a way dropping it out through a baffled blast chimney.)
This is a simple diagram of a blast chimney which the vehicles
integrate at various strategic locations to help prevent flipping from IED blasts and protect key components and the crew from penetrating blast
effects by channeling blast through less vital areas.
This is the 50 caliber minigun I am proposing as the main gun in the central turret on a gyro stabilized mount. With it's high fire rate and good
range it's a great all around weapon for everything from anti infantry to helicopters and ground vehicles.
on the port wing of the turret there is a 106mm recoilless rifle mounted with a 3 round stripper clip feeding it . NOTE: recoilless is an advanced RR
that can fire recoilless mortars... because the vehicle is buttoned up at all times it shouldn't have the issues with it's high pressure weapons...An
auto loader pushes up magazines and lets them sit in a blast chimney protected dumbwaiter until the gunner pushes the magazine in after pulling out
the old stripper clip.
further info on magazine fed recoilless rifles
In addition to this the port side has provision for a 4 shot hydra rocket pod. The pod is designed in such a way that when empty it slides open at a
45 degree angle under armor where the gunner can place individual rockets in one at a time as they come up from the dumb waiter.
Note: The hydra is very versatile and would give this vehicle great
capabilities in any of a dozen roles with nothing but putting different rockets in the pods.
This is a picture of the Seal buggy with hydra rocket pods I'm just
adding this to show how easy hydras are to mount and how economical they can be as an option.
The starboard wing pods take star streak and spike type guided missiles in a 4 pack... like the other side they cant in at 45 degrees to be
loadedunder armor. Note: Alternately multiple rocket pods of the new guided variety could be substituted for the guided missile.
I hope this will inspire some commentary and the ideas of others.
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