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Technological advances in the American Military

Uploaded by jostre on Feb 05, 2007

The modern American military saw the need to be quicker, more efficient and more powerful. In order to accomplish this they had to become more technologically advanced. Three examples of technology that show how the American military has accomplished this is; the Nimitz Class Super Carrier (Nimitz), the M1A2 Abrams Main Battle Tank (M1A2), and the Tomahawk® Land Attack Cruise Missile (Tomahawk).

Aircraft carriers are an important part in protecting and enforcing the policies of the United States. The Nimitz-class super carriers, able to rapidly mobilize an air wing of up 80 planes, have advanced technology unmatched by any other Navy in the world. The propulsion system as well as the catapults and arresting gear are just a few of the advancements that helped these carriers to be known as “national treasures”. The Nimitz has a propulsion system of two nuclear reactors giving her virtually unlimited range, endurance and the speed of over 30 knots. The ship’s four catapults and arresting gear engines enable her to launch and recover up to four aircraft per minute. The on-board NATO Sea Sparrow, comprised of two launchers with eight missiles each, is a radar-guided, short to medium range missile capable of attacking enemy aircraft and cruise missiles. Close-In Weapon Systems have individual search and track radar. The Gatling guns are capable of firing 3,000 rounds per minute.

The M1A2 is a powerful force rolling onto the battlefield at speeds of up to 50 mph. Equipped with an overpressure clean-air conditioning air system, a radiological warning system, and a chemical agent detector, this tank provides its four man crew protection from Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical warfare. The technology used in the M1A2 was developed for each crew member’s tasks specifically. The commander is suited with six periscopes and an Independent Thermal Viewer providing him independent stabilized day and night vision with a 360 degree view, automatic sector scanning, automatic target cueing of the gunner’s sight, and a complete back-up fire control system. The gunner’s fire control system is integrated with a laser range finder. The laser range finder collects range data such as; the range measurement – to 10 meters of accuracy, lead angle measurement, the bend of the gun, and wind velocity. After the gunner and commander enter ammunition type, temperature, and the barometric pressure, the computer calculates the fire...

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Uploaded by:   jostre

Date:   02/05/2007

Category:   American

Length:   2 pages (553 words)

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