KiloGolf wrote:So what you're saying is that IFVs will go the Bushmaster III (50 mm) and -IV (40 mm) way and equivalents in post-USSR space.
Imagine you mean the opposite, isn't ?
50 mm for Bushmaster III ......and here we could start a long discussion on the caliber and metrics of the chain gun that should shot this...... "50 mm" round
, admiting that we can really name in this way the "50 mm SuperShot" round, moreover still today in the developing stage.....have Anti-Air/PGM planned performance level much lower
than even the gun already offered for export today for BMP-3 new iterations and ATOM program
Much more simply : no weapon developer in the west has today the technology to develop, even in the middle term, a working high ROF gun for LAVs, with its entire ammunition complement ,in a caliber near to a true 57 mm gun
; that for the mere reason that they do not own the experimentally established and tested historical know-how for theirs design, production and refinement.
For this reason they are forced to bend toward "hybrid" solutions that have nothing to do with the parameters offered by guns and rounds in this caliber.
This solution do not bring the cost of the platform down, instead it increase of several times the costs of practically any system employed in future battlefield by the enemy
I agree, but having said that, I cannot see how this brings the cost down.
to cope with mechanized ground forces (that is : short range mini-UAV, surveillance UAVs, UCAVs, glide bombs, air to ground missiles, ATGM, helicopters, LAVs, bunkers and fortifications and so on....) to prevent that those offensive and ISR systems would suddenly shift in the almost complete irrelevance.
So in the end a 50 mm autocannon with autocorrected projectiles that can hit a UAV at 1km afar (ca. 5000 ft) is not panacea, nor a game changer
Maybe that this abortion of "50mm" round, if we can name so a "bloated" round, horribly engineered to impossibly match with 35 mm guns (with the effects easily foreseeable for its aerodynamic and ballistic performances) will not be a panacea against UAVs in the EAPS program.
To the contrary, even the today export oriented БМП-3М-57 Деривацияm, with sensibly reduced performances ion respect to what will be mounted on the new generation platforms and obviously not capable to capitalize even half the potential of today 57 mm caliber guns would offer that :