Five unsuccessful US military projects
• Five US military failed projects
In our world, not all and not always work the first time. Especially when it comes to this "industry" as military affairs. So the popular American publication of The National Interest has decided to talk about the failures. The publication has selected five really loud "popping" failures.
1. BAT - just Brilliant
The first of the most unsuccessful US military projects can be considered BAT initiative or "Brilliant Anti-Tank". The project was started in the years of the Cold War. In the framework developed by cluster munitions for ATACMS missiles that were launched, in turn, with the M270 artillery systems. Military dreamed that one is able to destroy the ammunition is almost a company of enemy tanks. In total, the BAT was spent US $ 2.2 billion. In 2003, the initiative was closed because of "inconsistency".
2. Flight "Comanche"
The second place outright failure of the Americans decided to arrange a reconnaissance helicopter RAH-66Comanche, whose debut came in 1991. The first real flight machine made in 1996. It was assumed that the RAH-66 will be a revolution in the air screw aviation. This helicopter was everything: speed, power, stealth, cool gadgets, better weapons and a great price. Even for the US Military RAH-66Comanche was too expensive "toy".
3. This Crusader, baby
Howitzer Crusader - this is another great example of how to screw up in the arms business for a couple of billion dollars. It was assumed that the 155-mm gun will replace the M109 artillery system. news parameters are impressive: up to 10 rounds per minute at a distance of 40 km. And all would do if the President did not Cannon weighed 43 tons and needs additional vehicle also for the transport of ammunition. In 2002 the project was closed.
4. Golden tanks
Once the Americans wanted to add to his army a little fiction. A striking example is the project "Future Combat Systems", which began in 2003. The initiative would create a super-modern chassis for the tank. When it became clear that a few years on the project has already been spent 18.1 billion budget, the Pentagon suddenly decided to roll the initiative. Apparently, something went wrong. At FCS command decided to concentrate on the "budget" modernization of existing weapons, rather than the latest development.
5. We are going, going, going
combat vehicle program "Ground Combat Vehicles" was launched in 2009. Under the initiative, the Americans once again tried to create a fundamentally new tank. At first, everything went very well, but it soon became clear that the prototype mass exceeding 60 tonnes. These specifications are clearly not satisfied with the military and decided to close the project in 2014. He escaped the country's budget this time, "slight shock" of $ 1 billion.