US Army To Prioritize New Light Vehicle, Stryker Upgrade

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    WASHINGTON — The US Army's plan to modernize its combat vehicle fleet in the near term looks to acquire a new lightweight vehicle for infantry brigade combat teams and increase the lethality of its Strykers, according to the service's new combat vehicle modernization strategy.

    In the outlying years of the strategy, vehicles will have robust mobile protected firepower capability and formations could see mostly unmanned, autonomous systems carry out security and reconnaissance missions.

    The strategy acknowledges there are no "silver bullet technologies," Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster, the head of the Army's Capabilities Integration Center, told Defense News in an exclusive interview.

    The Army's brigade combat teams need to come to the battlefield overmatching the enemy's capabilities, McMaster explained.

    When the Army is "in close combat with the enemy, you want to be the Terminator, if you can be," he added.

    The Army has struggled to get new vehicle programs off the ground, canceling its Future Combat Systems and the Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) without providing new capabilities. The Army awarding a contract to Oshkosh for its new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle is the service's only recent victory in the vehicle realm.

    The strategy, obtained by Defense News, acknowledges that future missions will require the Army's brigade combat teams to fight with a joint force and "to win against well-armed state, non-state and hybrid threats across a range of operations. Therefore, there is urgency in refocusing the Army's combat vehicle modernization strategy and a need to increase investment to prepare for existing and emerging threats."

    Those investments will include quickly procuring a lightweight combat vehicle for infantry brigade combat teams to rapidly deploy in restrictive areas across all types of terrain and urban and austere environments.

    The Army also wants a light reconnaissance vehicle in the near term particularly for cavalry squadrons that would need to execute early or forced entry operations.

    Stryker armored personnel carriers need to be more lethal. That means adding a 30mm cannon on half of them and Javelin anti-tank missiles on the rest, along with machine guns.

    With the cancellation of the GCV program, the Army has fallen further behind in replacing its aging Bradley infantry fighting vehicles. A newer program, the Future Fighting Vehicle, is on the horizon, but McMaster said the Army needs to move on its development “like now. I mean like right now.”

    The strategy also called for the near-term replacement of the M113 armored personnel carrier. The Army needs to do "everything it can do to accelerate the AMPV because we are already behind," McMaster said, adding the M113 is "kind of a death trap now."

    For more details on the Army’s Combat Modernization Strategy, pick up a copy of the Association of the United States Army’s show daily.

    http://www.defensenews.com/story/de...e-new-light-vehicle-stryker-upgrade/73682616/
     
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    Sven Teh Viking dood Industry Professional Ret. Military

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    30mm cannon, nice. They often use DU perpetrators:

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    I don't know if it's the direction be gone too, but Kongsberg's Protector medium caliber remote weapon station has undergone testing in the US:

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    I never understood why we can't make turrets with a 30mm and a javelin on it? This is a common pattern in western turret designs.

    The Russians have it:



    Check this out, it's a different more effective one:

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    http://warfaretech.blogspot.com/2015/05/while-we-are-on-remote-turrets-enter.html
     
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    Sven Teh Viking dood Industry Professional Ret. Military

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    Apart from M2 Bradely:

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    And Piranha V:

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    Are there any modern, widely used Western IFV designs that combine cannons and missiles? That arrangement isn't found on Warrior, CV90, Freccia (unless in an ATGM configuration) or too many other Western designed IFVs.

    Non-western designs like Japan's Type 89:

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    And South Korea's K-21 do feature both large caliber cannons and missiles:

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    Some Chinese designs like ZBD-08 can be configured for an ATGM role, but it's non-standard:

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    This configuration seems uncommon outside of Russian designs, though I agree it's odd the US hasn't explored such more so. I suppose the versatility of the Stryker is a plus as it allows for multiple configurations including ISR, Mortar, Anti-tank, and IFV.

    Still no mounted missiles though, maybe a bolt-on addition can be had?
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    It's either a cannon or missile, never both.
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    Would this really be so hard for the US military?

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    Lockheed is looking in to that, at least according to this vid

    On March 31, the Lockheed Martin UK Ampthill team successfully fired a Javelin missile from a turret at Cranfield Ordnance Test & Evaluation Center (COTEC) firing range on Salisbury Plain near Wiltshire, England. The missile hit the target successfully.
     
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    Kongsberg, one option for Stryker with its MCRWS, does offer a cannon/missile combo too - this is called Protector MCT-30R:

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    It's odd the US doesn't manufacture such a system, but one is still available to them, though from what I've seen they just want the cannon and not the missiles, hence why they opted for the MCRWS and not the MCT-30R.
     
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