WASHINGTON, (BM) – General Dynamics Corporation and US Armed Forces held the first public demonstration of a prototype light tank developed as part of the Mobile Protected Firepower program, learned BulgarianMilitary.com.
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The presentation of the promising combat vehicle was held during a visit by the US Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy to the General Dynamics Ground System enterprise.
This is a promising light tank weighing more than 30 tons, which is much less than the main battle tank M1 Abrams. Despite the relatively small mass, the machine should have solid firepower: the tank carries a 105-mm gun and a 12.7-mm machine gun.
The engine is located in front, the tower is shifted back. High survivability of the combat vehicle on the battlefield should provide a set of active defense.
The British BAE Systems is competing with General Dynamics in the Mobile Protected Firepower program. In the foreseeable future, the US military will compare the built models and make the final choice. The full-scale serial production of the winning machine must begin in fiscal year 2025.
Recall, recently it became known about the test in Syria of the new Russian tank T-14 based on the “Almaty”.
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