Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Tanker's Tuesday : U.S. Army's New 84-Ton Prototype Ground Combat Vehicle

 
 
The Ground Combat Vehicle is pretty much the opposite of the original plan to replace the Bradley. A high-concept proposal called Future Combat Systems aimed to make all U.S. Army vehicles lighter. But during the long ground wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (in which IEDs were the top cause of fatalities), it became clear clear that heavier, not lighter, was the better vehicle design. The U.S. canceled the Future Combat Systems program, and work on the GCV began in 2009. The Pentagon is scheduled to award the first contract to manufacture GCVs in 2019.
 

5 comments:

BLACKSTAR said...

I thought that the GCV program was scrapped 2014.

Don M said...

Fromm what guys are telling me here on FT Hood it's still in the works, they could be wrong of course, hell I'm retired artillery and heard the same about the Crusader for years only to have it scrapped. But I think the IED issue may cause
it to be revisited. You don't want to go over a 155mm shell in a Pinto....

BLACKSTAR said...

Well, I hope that it does continue, like you said "you don't want to go over a 155mm shell in a Pinto", and that is an apt analogy when it comes to driving a Bradley over an IED.

Tim Gow said...

84 tons? Really?

Don M said...

Tim I know but they are saying between 70 and 84 tons!