But IMHO they are not the most effective concept, because some vehicles in the brigade will always be comprmised because of the physical constraints that will be imposed upon them by the brigades chassis family.
the only vehicles that would suffer would be the medium and light weight vehicles supposed to be MBT.
I would suggest to you that even a 70 ton MBT is not invincible and a land mine will blow any size or weight tank to hell, while the new armour types. soft kills systems like shtora and NERA, and hard kill systems like APS systems that can intercept even APFSDS rounds suggests that even a 25 ton class vehicle with a 125mm gun and modern sensors including FLIR and radar should be able to do most jobs a 50 ton tank can do.
Other than the MBT all the other vehicles are much better armoured... even in the medium brigades the command vehicles will have much better armour than the modified MTLB ACRV-1 chassis used now.
The IFVs in the wheeled and tracked medium units are at least 7 tons heavier than a BMP-3... 25 tons vs 18 tons.
So when did we jump to divisions instead of brigades. As far as I know, only two former tank brigades switched back to division status.
The structure is designed for high mobility and fire power. They talk about divisions because that is what it was designed for originally.
I don't see any reason why it could not be applied to Brigades as well.
Earlier in this thread there was the discussion about a 65 ton SPH based on the Armata chassis. Yes, while heavy MBT level protection is nice, it also imposes a strict weight penalty. It doesnt just affect raw mobility performance like road speed, acceleration, etc... but also on a strategic scale as well. A 65 ton vehicle wont fit on a lot of bridges or even some roads that an Msta or any other T-series based SPH could.
At a strategic level it is an enormous improvement... the entire division... light and both mediums are fully amphibious. The heavy divisions will ford rivers and streams just like the MBTs in divisions have always done.
Not to mention that it wont be carried by an Il-76 (or Il-476) because of its weight. Which isnt really desirable when one the biggest of the New Look Army, is rapid reaction.
armata brigades will hardly be the VDV poster force that is the rapid reaction unit of first choice...
Most heavy units around the world are still delivered via ship and or train.
even the US in desert storm delayed the fighting on the ground for 6 months so their heavy armour could be brought forward.... and it was all brought via the sea.
Granted if a brigade is being airlifted an SPH probably wouldnt be first in line, but still. An SPH really doesnt need tank level armor, because as Morpheus Eberhardt pointed out its not a front line unit, and if it does come up against enemy armor then that most likely means something has gone seriously wrong at the front line.
You are assuming there will be a front line. Have the enemy stopped using special units behind enemy lines to attack soft targets?
Even in Afghanistan artillery was based in fire bases... were they totally safe from attack?
There also the issue of a recon vehicle. While having an armoured recon vehicle is nice, having a smaller stealthier vehicle that can actually do recon without being detected, instead of the drive-into-an-enemy and then call it recon-by-fire method, is better. And even if a armata based recon vehicle wont weight 50 tons, it would still have significant weight, meaning it wont be amphiobious, it wont have nearly enough outright mobility and of course being based on a tank chassis, wont exactly be sneaky.
You have clearly not heard of UAVs and unmanned ground vehicles.
I rather doubt a heavy brigade will be used in situations where long range recon by vehicle is needed, they will more likely be used in built up or forested areas where the enemy has plenty of RPGs and knows how to use them... so sending a jeep to scout ahead would be a suicide mission anyway.
The armata family for the tanks, the Kurganets for the IFV battalion, and the Boomerang for the APC battalions, while the Typhoon family for the recon battalion + use as a GP light vehicle. And then having a unified truck chassis with 4x4, 6x6, 8x8 and 10x10 vehicles should provide a nice family to plop AD systems, EW systems and even SPH systems.
So your logistics pool just quadrupled in size and what was the advantage again?
Because you think tank level armour is too much for artillery vehicles.
So four different levels of protection and four different levels of mobility and trucks within the same unit.
Why not just leave it as it is with 20 different vehicle types and just as many different engines and transmissions and wheel types?
I understand what you are trying to suggest and it doesn't make sense in terms of developing families of vehicles to create standards and improve mobility and reduce costs.