US Marines will have a new, better and more powerful amphibious combat vehicles
WASHINGTON, (BM) – Over the past two years, the U.S. military has gradually and compulsorily upgraded the equipment and armaments of all its available units, be it air, naval, or ground troops.
That is why it is not surprising that the US Marine Corps is starting a procedure to upgrade the old amphibious assault vehicles [AAV – ed.] and replace them with new, better and more powerful amphibious combat vehicles [ACV – ed.], learned BulgarianMilitarty.com
According to information provided, the executive director of the Land Systems program at the Pentagon has approved and launched a procedure to upgrade the amphibious combat vehicles of the infantry.
Regiment Kirk Mullins, project manager for the project, told reporters that years of infantry experience and research in the field have led to the logical outcome and to this decision, which is “a historic first step in providing this capability for our Marines, which is the goal of our mission.”
We know by now that such a machine is already on the final straight, which means, according to experts, that the first set of new ACVs in the variant of military transport will begin to be delivered this year in October and November. We remind you that the end of this long-awaited process was assigned two years ago [mid-2018 – ed.] to the company BAE Systems, which had to develop the design and test and comply with all requirements of the US Army amphibious combat vehicle.
In all these months of development and testing, the time has clearly come when the new weapons have reached their potential to satisfy the Pentagon and are ready to serve in the US military, both in the United States and around the world, where American naval bases exist.
But this is only the beginning, according to military experts and Pentagon sources, because this year the foundation of this type of funds will be laid, and in the coming years they will have to be presented and implemented with new options [according to information – three new options – order. ] to be tailored to the specifics of hostilities and the regions where they take place.
We remind you that this May BAE Systems signed a new contract with the US state, which obliges the company to develop amphibious vehicles, but with medium caliber firepower. This means that if everything goes according to plan and based on the current situation, the US military in two years or sooner will have even more modern armored vehicles.
What we need to know about the upcoming replacement is the following – amphibious combat vehicles will replace the current advanced amphibious assault vehicle by the end of this year; the new “amphibians” will be quickly and easily integrated for joint operations with US naval frigates or warships. The main purpose of the new armored vehicles will be the transport of soldiers and special forces by water, as well as the accompanying equipment for a specific military operation in a particular area.
There is a future in the American robotic combat vehicles
As we reported in July and August this year, the 4th Cavalry Division squad conducted intensive research and field testing as part of the Robotic Combat Vehicle (RCV) program at Fort Carson, Colorado. These tests were aimed at checking the suitability and use of autonomous combat vehicles on the battlefield in the near future.
American soldiers conducted exercises with the performance of classic combat tasks with the use of command and control vehicles on modified M2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles with a two-man crew and M113 remotely controlled armored personnel carriers.
The US military declare that they have achieved 100% success thanks to the achievement of key goals, which is gaining new experience and skills.
The main challenges that were identified during the tests are: target recognition technology, stabilization of weapon systems in the field, or maintaining efficient and continuous communication between the steering vehicle and the robot vehicle at a distance of over 1000 meters.
At the turn of 2021 and 2022, it is planned to carry out the second stage of the trials in Fort Hood, Texas, using the same vehicles, which this time are to attempt operations at the company level. Then a third experiment is planned, with these vehicles facing more advanced company-level activities. In 2023, it is planned to make a final decision on the further fate of this program and its usefulness for the U.S. Army.
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