The RC Engine - A New Approach to Reduce Costs 700273
The military's demand for greater mobility, accurate surveillance systems, heavy and precise firepower, and rapid response capability is reflected in both the quantity and characteristics of its tactical and combat material requirements. To satisfy this demand, it has been necessary to improve system and power plant performance and maintain logistic requirements without incurring excessive life cycle costs.
Because of the inherent simplicity of its design, the rotating combustion engine automatically becomes a power plant of very few parts with a high degree of commonality between models utilizing low cost noncritical materials. The effect of these unique characteristics on life cycle costs for a variety of military applications will be discussed in this paper.