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    Post  GarryB Sat Sep 12, 2020 11:04 am

    The reason they went from 70km to 100km is probably because the Russians are talking about 70km range guided shells and are now talking about 170km range guided shells for 152mm guns.

    Can't have new stuff inferior to Russian stuff.

    Having said that, the 1,000km range super guns are delusional but the 100-200km range guns suggest the ability to hit targets for a fraction of the price of a missile... which is clearly a good thing on land or at sea.

    If you replaced that 1,000 mile range gun with a rail launching assembly that accelerated bullet shaped projectiles to say 3-4km/s at an angle of 40-60 degrees, with a rocket booster to counter drag on the way up through the atmosphere so it left the atmosphere at about that speed then delivering that round to very long range targets would become rather interesting.

    Remember all that talk about replacing current ICBM warheads with long narrow DU rods that come down at enormous speeds to hit precise targets.... the so called rods of god where precision together with pure kinetic energy made them useful.... that would apply here too.

    Moving the whole thing to the moon where there is no atmosphere to slow it down you could relax the angle to maybe 20-30 degrees and make it half a kilometre long and launch payloads back to earth orbit super cheap just using electricity... save the water on the moon for air recycling etc....
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    Post  The-thing-next-door Sat Sep 12, 2020 3:04 pm

    GarryB wrote:
    Remember all that talk about replacing current ICBM warheads with long narrow DU rods that come down at enormous speeds to hit precise targets.... the so called rods of god where precision together with pure kinetic energy made them useful.... that would apply here too.
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    Well the problems with that would be getting all of thoes big heavy DU rods into space and then trying to somehow alter thier course during reentry, changing the course of heavy, fast moving objects is not easy.
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    Post  George1 Fri Oct 30, 2020 3:27 pm

    In the United States began military tests of the modernized infantry fighting vehicle M2A4 Bradley


    US Army Operations Test Command has begun military testing of the upgraded M2A4 Bradley infantry fighting vehicle. Tests are taking place at the location of the 3rd Cavalry Regiment of the 1st Cavalry Division of the US Army at the Fort Hood military base in Texas.

    In 2019, the US Army signed a contract with BAE Systems to modernize 168 M2A2 and M2A3 infantry fighting vehicles. The upgraded infantry fighting vehicles received the designation M2A4.

    The A4 modification for Bradley combat vehicles involves the installation of a new 8-cylinder Cummins VTA903E-T675 675 horsepower diesel engine, a new HMPT-800-3ECB hydraulic transmission, which will allow the M2A4 Bradley to install the Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IFLD) active protection system for armored vehicles developed Israeli company Elbit Systems. The upgraded BMP also received lightweight tracks, new shock absorbers and suspension, and stiffer torsion bars. This increased the ground clearance from 380 to 510 millimeters, which increased not only the mobility, but also the protection of the vehicle from anti-tank mines. The vehicle is built into the networked command and control structures, equipped with a satellite communications and navigation system, and equipped with third-generation thermal imaging sights.

    The crew of the infantry fighting vehicle consists of 3 people, and the airborne compartment has space for 7 infantrymen. Armament is represented by a 25 mm M242 automatic cannon, 2 TOW ATGMs, and a 7.62 mm M240C machine gun.

    The BMP is equipped with a set of reactive armor BRAT II (Bradley Reactive Armor Tiles).

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    Post  AlfaT8 Fri Oct 30, 2020 6:05 pm

    Dang, this thing probly weights around 35-tons at this point, and it still cant swim if i recall.
    Well something is better than nothing, i guess.
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    Post  Hole Fri Oct 30, 2020 10:43 pm

    For 30 years they claimed reactive armor is the most evil thing ever invented. Razz

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    Post  Isos Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:06 pm

    I don't why but I love its design Embarassed .
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    Post  GarryB Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:35 am

    It was a copy of the BMP-2 and they are still using it...

    The early prototypes of the Bradley had the same single person turret of the BMP and the driver and commander in the hull up in front of the turret beside the engine the same as the BMP, and then the BMP-2 came out with a two man turret and the Americans changed to match that...

    Does it still have a 25mm cannon?
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    Post  magnumcromagnon Fri Nov 06, 2020 4:32 am

    US attempt to make Armata analogs, and I bet there still won't be autoloaders or GLATGM. Rolling Eyes
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    Post  George1 Fri Nov 13, 2020 5:34 pm

    US Army Adopts SM-6 Naval Missile as New Ground-Launched Weapon

    The US Army has moved to adapt another missile from the US Navy’s arsenal for use as a ground-launched weapon: the RIM-174 Standard Extended Range Active Missile (ERAM), better known as the Standard Missile 6 (SM-6).

    On November 6, the Army announced it had awarded Lockheed Martin a $339 million contract to adapt the SM-6 as a ground-launched weapon.

    According to the news release, the missile will fill a mid-range capability (MRC) role between that of the Precision Strike Missile (PrSM) and the Long-Range Hypersonic Weapon (LRHW), and will hopefully be fielded by the end of fiscal year 2023. Both of those weapons are currently in development.
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    Post  George1 Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:21 am

    Rare footage of tests of the newest American 50-mm automatic cannon XM913 Enhanced Bushmaster III from Nortrop Grumman. The gun is intended for a promising infantry fighting vehicle under the US Army Next-Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) program. It is reported that the US military will purchase 17 XM913 units for military trials by the end of 2021.

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    Post  George1 Sat Dec 19, 2020 5:45 pm

    New promo video of the American promising operational-tactical missile PrSM

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    Post  magnumcromagnon Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:06 pm

    George1 wrote:New promo video of the American promising operational-tactical missile PrSM

    PMSmissile is nothing more than a greater ranged standard ATACMs ballistic missile, they must of swapped out the PAC-3 models with S-400's by accident, because the FudgePACer-3 is the system that struggles with standard short range ballistic missiles lol! Rolling Eyes

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    Post  kvs Sat Dec 19, 2020 7:12 pm

    Everything in NATzO is always super precision and high tech. In other words, masturbatory delusion. Where are these
    super smart and super knowledgeable engineers and researchers educated? In China? Western elites are trying to have
    their cake and eat it too by dumbing down the western education systems. Participation trophy retards are challenged
    enough trying to wipe their own asses so are not a real basis for any high tech and even developed economy.

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    kvs wrote:Everything in NATzO is always super precision and high tech.   In other words, masturbatory delusion.   Where are these
    super smart and super knowledgeable engineers and researchers educated?  In China?  Western elites are trying to have
    their cake and eat it too by dumbing down the western education systems.   Participation trophy retards are challenged
    enough trying to wipe their own asses so are not a real basis for any high tech and even developed economy.

    The real thing to note is Lockheed Fartin is willing to brazenly lie like this. It makes you wonder if their WunderWaffle's F-22/F-35 have the vaunted .00000000001m RCS like they claim...I think we all know the answer lol! Wink
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    Post  LMFS Sun Dec 20, 2020 1:00 am

    magnumcromagnon wrote:
    The real thing to note is Lockheed Fartin is willing to brazenly lie like this. It makes you wonder if their WunderWaffle's F-22/F-35 have the vaunted .00000000001m RCS like they claim...I think we all know the answer lol! Wink

    True that. The claimed (no joke here) RCS of the F-22 is 0.0001 sqm, that is the return of a reflective sphere (no even a flat perpendicular surface that would reflect all the radiation back towards the emitter) whose cross sectional area is 0.0001 sqm. That is a sphere with a radius of less than 6 mm (!!!)... and we should believe that, right? respekt
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    Post  George1 Thu Dec 24, 2020 10:49 pm

    New major contract for tanks M1A2 SEP v. 3 (M1A2C) Abrams for the US Army


    On December 18, 2020, the US Department of Defense issued a large contract to General Dynamics Corporation in the amount of $ 4.62 billion for the serial modernization of the M1A1 Abrams tanks from the storage of the US Army to the level of Abrams M1A2 SEP v.3 (M1A2C). The contract is valid until June 17, 2028. The number of tanks upgraded under the contract has not been reported. Shooting of modernized tanks M1A2 SEP v. 3 Abrams (М1А2С) from the first received 3rd armored brigade "Greywolf" 1st Cavalry Division of the US Army (1st Battalion " Charger " 12th Cavalry Regiment), December 2020 (c) US Army

    Earlier, the US Department of Defense also awarded Honeywell a $ 1.105 billion contract for the production and technical support of AGT1500 gas turbine tank engines for the US Army's M1 Abrams tanks. The contract is valid until September 30, 2025. Quantitative parameters are not reported.

    As a reminder, the M1A2C (M1A2 SEPv3) is currently the latest US Army Abrams tank upgrade program underway. The first six pre-production modernized tanks of this modification were delivered to the American army in October 2017. As part of the budget for the 2017 financial year, 45 serial upgraded M1A2C (M1A2 SEPv3) tanks were ordered in the amount of $ 270 million, the delivery of which was to be made from July 2018 to August 2019. In December 2017, the US Army issued to General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) of General Dynamics Corporation a framework contract for the modernization of 435 M1A1 Abrams tanks over several years into the M1A2C variant (M1A2 SEPv3), under which in July 2018 GDLS received a firm contract for modernization of the first 100 tanks under this program, and in January 2019 - a solida contract for the modernization of another 174 tanks, with the production of work by 2021, and by now, apparently, the remaining 161 tanks have also been contracted. Thus, before the conclusion of the last contract on December 18, along with pre-production samples, the US Army contracted 486 modernized M1A2C tanks.

    Total plannedre-equip ten of the 11 armored brigades of the US regular army scheduled for maintenance with modernized M1A2 SEP v.3 tanks in the period from 2021 to 2031 fiscal years (one brigade set of 87 tanks per year), and, apparently, a new contract was signed to implement these plans. The M1A2 SEPv2 tanks released as a result of this rearmament are planned to be transferred from the regular army in 2023-2026 to re-equip five armored brigades of the National Guard.

    Work on the modernization of tanks to the level of M1A2 SEP v. 3 is carried out at the Joint Systems Manufacturing Center (JSMC), the only operating tank plant in the United States located in Lima (Ohio), owned by the American government, but since 1996 controlled by General Dynamics, as well as at GDLS facilities in Scranton, PA and Tallahassee, Florida.

    The first combat unit of the US Army, which began to receive serially upgraded M1A2 SEP v.3 (M1A2C) tanks, was at the beginning of 2020, the 3rd Greywolf Armored Brigade of the 1st Cavalry Division.

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    Post  George1 Wed Apr 21, 2021 3:32 pm


    It is reported that now five companies or groups of companies have submitted bids for the relaunched OМFV tender:

    - General Dynamics Land Systems (a division of General Dynamics Corporation), which will apparently present the same Griffin III platform with a two-man turret with a 50-mm automatic cannon (a demonstrator of this machine was first shown at the AUSA-2018 exhibition and conference of the United States Army Association-2018 of the year).

    - BAE Systems, in partnership with the Israeli company Elbit Systems, is now presenting a platform, presumably in the form of a deep modernization of the M2 Bradley BMP based on a modified hull and a modernized chassis, which is now used on the AMPV tracked armored personnel carrier (this project has been surfaced for several years and was previously known as Bradley Next Generation, first presented at the AUSA-2016 exhibition-conference), in the presented render the vehicle is apparently equipped with an Elbit Systems UT30 Mk 2 combat module with a 30-mm cannon.

    - Rheinmetall North America (American division of the German concern Rheinmetall) at the head of a consortium, which also includes Raytheon Technologies, Textron and L3Harris corporations, with a platform based on the Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx BMP.

    - Oshkosh Defense in partnership with the South Korean group Hanwha, with a platform based on the AS21 Redback BMP, which Hanwha is now offering for an Australian tender (the AS21 itself is a modified version of the South Korean K21 BMP).

    - a small company Mettle Ops from Michigan with the BMP concept of its project with a hybrid drive, which the company is going to promote in partnership with unnamed contractors (hints at the participation of some automakers).

    In total, it is planned to allocate $ 4.6 billion for R&D under the OMFV program from 2022 to 2026. The updated program schedule envisages the beginning of the first stage of the tender for the program by the US Army in October 2021, with the submission of proposals by interested companies and the selection of up to five projects from the proposals by the military. which will be funded as “Initial Digital Projects” (the deadline for submission of these proposals expired on April 16, 2021). At the same time, the army at this stage does not require any prototypes before the contract is awarded, but only the presentation of "system models", including preliminary surrogate platforms, which should only be a low-level model (for example, digital, wooden), etc. The army will then evaluate these projects are in computer models and simulations.

    In April 2023, the US Army will select three competitors who will receive government funding to finalize their designs and build real working prototypes by July 2025.

    The Army will conduct comparative field tests of these prototypes throughout the year until mid-2026 and will select one winner in January 2027. The selected type of BMP should be launched into pre-production (LRIP) later in the same year 2027, and the first battalion kit OMFV should be delivered by September 2028. Full series production is expected to begin in the third quarter of fiscal 2029.

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    Post  George1 Sat Jul 31, 2021 2:57 am

    The US Army has selected five proposals in the competition for a promising infantry fighting vehicle

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    According to the American media, on July 23, 2021, the US Army selected five preliminary proposals in the competition for a promising infantry fighting vehicle under the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program, designed to replace the American M2 Bradley BMP currently in service. Contracts were signed with five companies and consortia, respectively, for the development of "initial digital projects" of the proposed machines at the Concept Development phase, the total value of all five contracts is $ 299.4 million.



    At this stage of development, the US Army does not require the creation of any prototypes before the contract is awarded, but only the presentation of "system models", including preliminary surrogate platforms, which should only be a low-level layout (for example, digital, wooden), etc. The data of these projects and models must be submitted by the first quarter of fiscal year 2022 (that is, by October 1, 2021) as part of a single Abbreviated-Concept Development Document (A-CDD). The Army will then evaluate these designs in computer models and simulations.

    At the end of the second quarter (that is, by April) 2023, the US financial army will select three competitors who will receive government funding to finalize their designs and build real working prototypes by July 2025. The Army will then conduct comparative field tests of these prototypes throughout the year until mid-2026 and select one winner in January 2027. The selected BMP type is to be put into pre-production (LRIP) from the end of the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2027, and the first OMFV battalion kit is to be delivered by September 2028. Full-scale production is expected to begin in the second quarter of fiscal 2030. In total, it is planned to allocate $ 4.6 billion for R&D under the OMFV program from 2022 to 2026 alone.

    For the stage of "conceptual development" under the OMFV program, five proposals were selected, out of the number submitted by April 16, 2021:

    - General Dynamics Land Systems (a division of General Dynamics Corporation), which apparently represents the Griffin III platform with a two-seat tower with 50 -mm automatic cannon (a demonstrator of this machine was first shown at the AUSA-2018 exhibition and conference in the fall of 2018).

    - BAE Systems corporation in partnership with the Israeli company Elbit Systems, which is now presenting a platform, presumably in the form of a deep modernization of the M2 Bradley BMP based on a modified hull and a modernized chassis, which is now used on the AMPV tracked armored personnel carrier (this project has been surfaced for several years and was previously known like Bradley Next Generation, first presented at the AUSA-2016 exhibition and conference), the vehicle must be equipped with an Elbit Systems UT30 Mk 2 combat module with a 30-mm cannon.

    - Rheinmetall North America (American division of the German concern Rheinmetall) at the head of a consortium, which also includes Raytheon Technologies, Textron and L3Harris corporations, with a platform based on the Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx BMP.

    - Oshkosh Defense in partnership with the South Korean group Hanwha, with a platform based on the AS21 Redback BMP, which Hanwha is now offering for an Australian tender (the AS21 itself is a modified version of the South Korean K21 BMP).

    is a small Miami, Florida-based Point Blank Enterprises that has partnered with Keshik Mobile Power Systems to offer, it says, "an innovative project with a modular and technology-independent approach to open systems for energy, information and physical architectures."

    In fact, at this stage, only another small company, Mettle Ops, from Michigan, who came forward with the BMP concept of their project with a hybrid drive, was left behind.

    Recall that the OMFV program is another, already the third programmatic attempt by the US Army to replace the BMP of the M2 Bradley family - after the Future Combat Systems (closed in 2009) and Ground Combat Vehicle (closed in 2014) programs. The new promising BMP program was launched in June 2018 as the Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV), but in October 2018 it was changed to Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV), representing a very ambitious project to create a promising "medium" tracked infantry fighting vehicle capable of operating in both conventional and unmanned versions, and which should interact on the battlefield with the family of ground combat unmanned platforms Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV) - "light", "medium" and "heavy" (the latter should be the same BMP in unmanned version). At the same time, the initial start of serial production of a new BMP under the OMFV program was planned for the 2026 financial year.

    However, the first run under the OMFV program actually ended in failure.at the beginning of 2020, faced with the skepticism of the industry, which considered, in general, the requirements of the US Army for a promising BMP overstated and unrealistic, including in terms of timing and costs. At the same time, applicants were required to submit ready-made samples, developed and manufactured at their own expense. As a result, by the end of 2019, only one proposal was submitted to the stage of comparative tests according to the first edition (April 2019) of the OMFV program - the promising Griffin III tracked platform from General Dynamics Land Systems, which still did not meet the requirements of the program in terms of weight and security ...

    As a result, the OMFV program was in uncertainty and was restarted with the revision of the requirements for a promising combat platform by the American army, as well as the strategy and procurement schedule. A preliminary new request for proposals document with significantly changed requirements for the OMFV program was published by the US Army in April 2020, while it was noted that "none of the requirements from the first request for proposals remain in force."

    Published in April 2020, the new requirements for OMFV significantly changed the ranking of the priorities of the combat characteristics of a promising infantry fighting vehicle, pushing survivability to the first position, and actually leaving aside the requirement of air transport. In the new list of requirements, vitality comes first, and mobility comes second. In fact, this was the signal for a significant increase in mass for the new BMP. Also, more realistic requirements for the industry were formulated, both in terms of time and technology.

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    Post  George1 Thu Oct 07, 2021 11:59 pm

    Boeing begins production of upgraded version of CH-47F Chinook Block II

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    Post  George1 Sun Oct 17, 2021 12:28 pm

    Final proposals for a competition for a promising infantry fighting vehicle for the US Army


    October 16th, 22:59
    At the AUSA-2021 annual exhibition and conference of the Association of the United States Army, held in Washington from October 11-13, 2021, materials on the final proposals of the participating companies for the new US Army competition for a promising infantry fighting vehicle under the program were demonstrated Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV).

    Presented by BAE Systems Corporation at the US Army Association AUSA-2021 Conference and Exhibition in Washington, DC, RB301 Infantry Fighting Vehicle Technology Demonstrator based on the Bradley Next Generation project as the basis for a proposal for a new US Army Competition for a promising infantry fighting vehicle under the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle Program (OMFV). The sample is equipped with an Elbit Systems UT30 Mk 2 combat module with a 30-mm cannon and a Rafael Spike-LR2 ATGM, October 2021 (c) Matthew Beinart / www.defensedaily.com


    Recall that the OMFV program is another, already the third programmatic attempt of the US Army to replace the BMP of the M2 Bradley family - after the Future Combat Systems (closed in 2009) and Ground Combat Vehicle (closed in 2014) programs. The new promising BMP program was launched in June 2018 as the Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV), but in October 2018 it was changed to the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV), representing a very ambitious project to create a promising "medium" tracked infantry fighting vehicle capable of operating both in conventional and unmanned versions, and designed to interact on the battlefield with the family of ground combat unmanned platforms Robotic Combat Vehicles (RCV) - "light", "medium" and "heavy" (the latter should be the same BMP in unmanned version). At the same time, the initial start of serial production of a new BMP under the OMFV program was planned for the 2026 financial year.

    However, the first run under the OMFV program actually ended in failure.at the beginning of 2020, faced with the skepticism of the industry, which considered, in general, the requirements of the US Army for a promising BMP overstated and unrealistic, including in terms of timing and costs. At the same time, applicants were required to submit ready-made samples, developed and manufactured at their own expense. As a result, by the end of 2019, only one proposal was submitted to the stage of comparative tests according to the first edition (April 2019) of the OMFV program - the promising Griffin III tracked platform from General Dynamics Land Systems, which still did not meet the requirements of the program in terms of weight and security ...

    As a result, the OMFV program was in uncertainty and was restarted with a revision by the American army of the requirements for a promising combat platform, as well as the strategy and procurement schedule. A preliminary new request for proposals document with significantly changed requirements for the OMFV program was published by the US Army in April 2020, while it was noted that "none of the requirements from the first request for proposals remain in force."

    Published in April 2020, the new requirements for OMFV significantly changed the ranking of priorities for the combat characteristics of a promising infantry fighting vehicle, pushing survivability to the first position, and actually leaving aside the requirement of air transport. In the new list of requirements, vitality comes first, and mobility comes second. In fact, this was the signal for a significant increase in mass for the new BMP. Also, more realistic requirements for the industry were formulated, both in terms of time and technology.

    As can be judged, in terms of specific requirements, the OMFV vehicle should be equipped with an uninhabited (but optionally / redundantly manned) combat module with a 50-mm advanced automatic cannon XM913 and must have a manned crew of two, housed in the hull, and a landing force of six people. The machine must be equipped with an active protection complex.

    Application deadlinefor the relaunched OMFV tender expired on April 21, 2021. Proposals were submitted by seven companies, of which the US Army on July 23, 2021 selected five - General Dynamics Land Systems (a division of General Dynamics Corporation); BAE Systems in partnership with Israeli company Elbit Systems; Rheinmetall North America (American division of the German concern Rheinmetall) at the head of a consortium that also includes Raytheon Technologies, Textron and L3Harris Technologies corporations; Oshkosh Defense in partnership with the South Korean group Hanwha; and also a small company Point Blank Enterprises from Miami (apparently, to purely formally demonstrate admission to large programs of small and medium-sized companies). Two other smaller companies, Michigan-based Mettle Ops, were rejected (although it was initially announced to be admitted to the tender) and Roush Defense. Presumably, Point Blank Enterprises and Mettle Ops plan to act as actual providers of Israeli projects proposed by various Israeli companies for a competition for a promising Israeli tracked armored vehicle under the Carmel program.

    The selected five participants were awarded contracts each worth $ 26.6 million to develop their designs for the so-called Concept Design Phase. Although contradictory information was circulated throughout the year about the specific shape of the submitted proposals of the participating companies for the new stage of the OMFV tender, now one exhibition-conference AUSA-2021 has made it possible to significantly clarify this issue.

    - General Dynamics Land Systemsat AUSA-2021, it showed only a computer video and a poster image, but it became clear from them that the proposed machine is a version of the Katalyst Next Generation Electronic Architecture (NGEA) "concept" of the Katalyst Next Generation Electronic Architecture (NGEA) unmanned combat platform launched by advertising shortly before AUSA-2021. The OMFV proposal at this base will be habitable and have an entire massive weapon station (uninhabited / optionally inhabited) with a 50mm XM913 cannon. It is reported that the Katalyst NGEA platform is based on the Griffin IV project, which is a further development of the promising Griffin III tracked platform proposed for the first "run" under the OMFV program.

    - Rheinmetallnow, specifically for the tender, OMFV has formed a special American company American Rheinmetall Vehicles, leading the Team Lynx consortium, of which, as already mentioned, Raytheon Technologies, Textron and L3Harris Technologies are also members. The consortium offers for the OMFV tender a variant of the already widely known new infantry fighting vehicle Rheinmetall KF41 Lynx. At AUSA-2021, a model of the proposed version of the KF41 Lynx BMP (Lynx OMFV Digital Design Concept) with the Rheinmetall LANCE 5030 combat module, all with the same 50-mm XM913 cannon, was presented.

    - BAE Systemsin partnership with the Israeli company Elbit Systems, is now presenting a platform for the OMFV tender in the form of a deep modernization of the M2 Bradley BMP based on a modified hull and a modernized chassis currently used on the AMPV tracked armored personnel carrier (this project has been surfaced for several years and was previously known as Bradley Next Generation, first presented at the AUSA-2016 exhibition and conference). The vehicle should be equipped with a modified version of the Elbit Systems UT30 combat module. At AUSA-2021, a full-scale sample was presented - a "technology demonstrator" under the designation RB301 with an Elbit Systems UT30 Mk 2 combat module with a 30-mm cannon and a Rafael Spike-LR2 ATGM. It will, of course, be very ironic if, after 30 years of searching for a replacement for the Bradley BMP, the American army eventually chooses its next option.

    - Oshkosh Defensein partnership with the South Korean group Hanwha, it acts with a platform based on the AS21 Redback BMP, now offered by Hanwha for an Australian tender (the AS21 itself is a modified version of the South Korean K21 BMP). At the same time, the combat module for Oshkosh Defense's proposal for the OMFV tender will be developed by the Israeli company Rafael Advanced Defense Systems as another variation of the Samson family of modules. The Oshkosh Defense and Hanwha consortium includes Israeli companies Rafael and Plasan, as well as Pratt Miller and QinetiQ. At AUSA-2021, only the poster image of the Oshkosh Defense proposal was presented.

    - Point Blank Enterprises (PBE)in partnership with Keshik Mobile Power Systems and a number of other companies, it offers the concept of the LIBERTY platform, for which a hybrid electric drive and reduced combat weight are announced. PBE distributed several "conceptual renders" of its project back in the summer, similar in appearance to the proposals of Israeli developers for the Carmel project. In any case, apparently, the PBE proposal will remain only in the draft.

    In total, R&D under the OMFV program from 2022 to 2026 is planned to be allocated $ 4.6 billion. th stage of the program).

    At AUSA-2021, the director of the inter-service group for new generation combat vehicles, Major General Ross Coffman, said that the army intends to issue a draft version of a detailed request for proposals (requirements) to five participants in the OMFV program in the first quarter of 2022, on the basis of which to collect comments from industry representatives, to clarify requirements for the next phases and publish RFQs for phase 3 (detailed technical design) and phase 4 (prototype fabrication and testing) in May 2022.

    In the second quarter of 2023, the US Army will select three competitors who will receive government funding to finalize their designs and build real working prototypes by July 2025.

    The US Army will conduct comparative field tests of these prototypes for a year through July 2026 and will select one winner in January 2027. The selected BMP type is to go into pre-production (LRIP) in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2027, and the first OMFV battalion kit is to be delivered by September 2028. Full-scale production is expected to begin in the second quarter of fiscal 2030.

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    Post  George1 Thu Jan 20, 2022 5:41 pm

    Perspective Organization of U.S. Army Divisions


    January 20th, 04:44 pm
    The United States Army Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC) at the end of December 2021 released a video about "Multi-environment operations in 2028" (WayPoint in 2028 - Multidomain Operations), which, among other things, demonstrates for the first time detailed scheme proposals for the prospective organization of divisions of the US Army "2028".

    Recall that the US Army decided to return from the current organization based on "modular brigade combat groups" (autonomous separate brigades with a full range of support and support units) with divisional headquarters, to an organization based on divisions of a permanent organization with brigades of strict subordination and developed divisional parts of support and support.

    Based on the video, five types of divisions are proposed :

    Penetration Division

    Heavy Division

    Light Division

    Joint Forcible Entry Division-Airborne

    Joint Forcible Entry Division-Air Assault


    In the last two cases, "force penetration" (Forcible Entry) means landing deep in the enemy.

    According to unofficial comments on American resources, presumably, the indicated states of division types will be used to reorganize the following divisions of the US Army:

    Breakthrough Division - 1st Cavalry and 1st Armored

    Heavy Division - 1st Infantry, 2nd Infantry, 3rd Infantry, 4th Infantry.

    Light Division - 10th Mountain, 25th Infantry, all National Guard divisions (28th, 29th, 34th, 35th, 36th, 38th, 40th and 42nd Infantry divisions).

    Joint Forcible Entry Division-Airborne - 82nd Airborne

    Joint Forcible Entry Division-Air Assault - 101st Air Assault.

    In addition, suggestions are being made that the 7th Infantry Division, which is now actually a headquarters without permanently subordinate brigades, can be reorganized into a division of a permanent organization (heavy or light).

    According to the TRADOC video, the main characteristics of the organization of promising "2028" divisions are as follows.

    Breakthrough Division

    A breakthrough division is essentially a "pure" armored division and should include three armored brigades (Armored Brigade Combat Team - ABCT), an artillery brigade (Artillery Brigade), an army aviation brigade (heavy) (Aviation Brigade (Heavy)), an engineering brigade ( Engineer Brigade), divisional support brigade (Division Sustainment Brigade), support brigade (literally "protection brigade" - Protection Brigade), as well as an armored cavalry (reconnaissance) squadron (Armored Cavalry Squadron, actually a battalion) and headquarters and headquarters battalion (Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion).

    The armored brigade of the division generally retains the current organization (2016) and should include as a basis three mixed battalions (consisting of two tank companies and two motorized infantry companies on infantry fighting vehicles - now the battalion has two companies of 14 tanks each - a total of 29 tanks) . The armored brigade also includes a headquarters and headquarters company, an engineering battalion, a brigade support battalion, a company of unmanned vehicles and an armored cavalry company. It is reported that an armored cavalry company (both a brigade and a divisional armored cavalry squadron) should include two platoons on the M1 Abrams tanks and two platoons on the M3 Bradley BRM. Thus, in total, the armored brigade should have 95 main Abrams tanks, and the breakthrough division as a whole - 309 tanks.

    The artillery brigade of the breakthrough division should have three divisions of 155-mm / 39 M109A7 self-propelled howitzers and one division of promising 155-mm / 58 long-range self-propelled howitzers ERCA (M1299).

    The army aviation brigade (heavy) should include from the aviation units a battalion of combat helicopters, a battalion of multi-purpose and transport helicopters (Assault), a separate reconnaissance and strike squadron and a UAV company.

    The engineering brigade should include three engineering battalions, which will include a total of seven engineering and five ferry companies. In general, a breakthrough division should have exceptionally strong engineering support, including a total of seven (!) engineer battalions (three in the engineering brigade and one each in three armored brigades and in the support brigade).

    The support brigade should include a military air defense division (M-SHORAD complexes based on Stryker), an engineering battalion, a WMD protection battalion, a military police battalion, and a support battalion.

    The divisional support brigade, according to published materials, should include a divisional support battalion, a maintenance company, a traffic control company and a quartermaster company. It is unclear whether the published staff of the brigade is complete and final.

    The armored cavalry (reconnaissance) squadron of the breakthrough division should actually be equivalent to a battalion and have three armored cavalry companies (each has two platoons on M1 Abrams tanks and two platoons on M3 Bradley BRMs) and an observation company (Surveillance Company, composition and equipment are not disclosed).

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    Proposed Perspective Organization of the US Army Penetration Division (c) TRADOC via www.battleorder.org


    Heavy Division


    The Heavy Division differs from the Penetration Division in having only two armored brigades - and instead of the third brigade, a brigade on Stryker wheeled armored personnel carriers is introduced ( some American commentators see this as a direct "cosplay" of the organization of the Soviet / Russian motorized rifle division with the presence of a motorized rifle regiment on an armored personnel carrier). The Stryker brigade within the division generally retains its current organization with three infantry battalions per Stryker and one armored cavalry squadron per Stryker, but with a reduction in brigade units (only a support battalion remains).

    Also, the heavy division lacks an armored cavalry squadron and an engineering brigade (instead of the latter, an engineering battalion of divisional subordination consisting of five engineering companies was introduced). The artillery brigade of a heavy division should have two divisions of 155-mm / 39 M109A7 self-propelled howitzers and one division of promising 155-mm self-propelled howitzers on a wheeled chassis.

    U.S. Army News: - Page 9 94650910
    US Army Heavy Division Proposed Organization (c) TRADOC via www.battleorder.org

    Light Division

    A light division should include three infantry brigades (Infantry Brigade Combat Team - ICBT), an artillery brigade, an army aviation brigade (light) (Aviation Brigade (Light)), a divisional support brigade, a support brigade, and a separate tank battalion (should be equipped with promising MPF "light" tanks), engineer battalion and headquarters and headquarters battalion.

    The infantry brigade should include three infantry battalions, a cavalry (reconnaissance) company, a military intelligence company (Military Intelligence Company), a communications company and a brigade support battalion.

    The artillery brigade is to have three artillery battalions, the composition of which is unclear. Now the artillery battalions of infantry brigades have one battery of 155 mm / 39 M777A2 light towed howitzers and two batteries of M119 105 mm towed howitzers. It is not known whether these divisions will retain a mixed composition or be reorganized into homogeneous ones, and whether it is planned to replace towed howitzers with promising self-propelled howitzers on a wheeled chassis.

    An army aviation brigade (light), unlike a heavy one, should have not one, but two battalions of multi-purpose and transport helicopters (Assault). A separate tank battalion on the MPF should have three tank companies.

    U.S. Army News: - Page 9 94654610
    US Army Light Division Proposed Organization (c) TRADOC via www.battleorder.org

    Joint Forcible Entry Division-The Airborne

    82nd Division will be virtually similar to a light division in terms of its future organization, also having three infantry (airborne) brigades of almost the same structure, an artillery brigade, an army aviation brigade ( light), a divisional support brigade, a support brigade, as well as a separate tank battalion (should be equipped with promising "light" MPF tanks), an engineering battalion and a headquarters and headquarters battalion. The main difference will be the presence in the airborne division of a separate cavalry (reconnaissance) squadron, which will be equivalent to a battalion and include three cavalry companies, an observation company and a support battalion.

    U.S. Army News: - Page 9 94658210
    Proposed Perspective Organization of the United States Army's Joint Forcible Entry Division-Airborne (c) TRADOC via www.battleorder.org


    Joint Forcible Entry Division-Air Assault


    The air assault division of the new organization should be almost identical to the airborne division, having a basis in the form of three infantry (air assault) brigades. The main difference should be the presence in the air assault division of an army aviation brigade (medium) (Aviation Brigade (Medium)) as part of a battalion of combat helicopters, two battalions of multi-purpose and transport helicopters (Assault), a battalion of support helicopters (General Support), a separate reconnaissance and strike squadron and UAV company. The battalion of support helicopters should be equipped mainly with transport helicopters, which significantly increases the transport capabilities of the division's aviation.

    U.S. Army News: - Page 9 94660310
    Proposed Perspective Organization of the United States Army's Joint Forcible Entry Division-Air Assault (c) TRADOC via www.battleorder.org

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    US Army forms 11th Airborne Division in Alaska

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    Post  George1 Wed Aug 03, 2022 11:06 pm

    US Special Operations Forces to buy Austrian Pandur EVO armored personnel carriers

    According to American resources, it became known that at the end of June 2022, the US Army issued General Dynamics Land Systems (a division of General Dynamics Corporation) a $ 55.85 million contract for the supply of an undisclosed number of Pandur EVO (6x6) wheeled armored personnel carriers as a new generation of armored AGMS (Armored Ground Mobility System) vehicles for the US Special Operations Command. Deliveries under the contract should be made by mid-2025.

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