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XM2001 Crusader

The XM2001 Crusader was to be the United States Army's next generation self-propelled howitzer, designed to provide significant increases in artillery survivability, lethality, mobility, and operational effectiveness. In early May 2002, United States Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld cancelled the US$11 billion program.

The Crusader was intended to displace the M109A6 Paladin Self-Propelled Howitzer and the M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Supply Vehicle (FAASV). Crusader is a fully automated cannon artillery system to support the Initial Brigade Combat Teams (IBCT) Counterattack Corps and is a critical technology enabler for future systems.

In addition to strategic deployability (two howitzers transportable in the C-17 Globemaster), other key features of the Crusader included:

RSVs enable automatic, reciprocal transfer of ammunition, data and fuel to the SPH or another RSV to maintain required firing rates and enable autonomous operations while capitalizing on the cost and operational advantages of common components. RSV critical technologies and capabilities include an automated docking boom, ammunition resupply system, fuel transfer system, improved mobility, and embedded training and diagnostics.

General Characteristics

Curb Weight40 tons36 tons33.3 tons
Length7.53 m7.53 m11.03 m
Width3.31 m3.31 m2.44 m
Height3.00 m3.00 m3.59 m
Cross-Country Mobility39-48 kph39-48 kph64 kph
ArmamentCooled 155mmnonenone
Max Range40-50km (assisted)
Rate of Fire/Resupply10-12 rounds/min48 rounds/10.4min48 rounds/10.4min