U.S. Army released declassified images of Next Generation Combat Vehicle
The U.S. Army has released declassified conceptual look at what the Next Generation Combat Vehicle could eventually look like.
In an op-ed for the Army News Service, Douglas Scott (CCDC C5ISR Center Public Affairs) has added some images showed Next Generation Combat Vehicle’s manned-unmanned teaming concept.
The article refers to a “the Army Futures Command, or AFC, is using iterative field experimentation to help the Army take a revolutionary step in the evolution of armored warfare.” But our attention was attracted by the visualization of the concept, which for the first time demonstrates the features of the Army’s combat vehicles of the future.
According to the article, the Next Generation Combat Vehicle’s manned-unmanned teaming concept would leverage a protected tether between the NGCV Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle and the Robotic Combat Vehicle in order to provide Soldiers with the capability to safely engage in combat via remotely controlled autonomous systems.
The new generation of combat vehicles is intended to replace the Bradley starting in 2026 and is designed to better operate in future environments that would allow soldiers to maneuver to a position of advantage and to engage in close combat and deliver decisive lethality during the execution of combined arms maneuver.
It expected that will be developed three variants of special Robotic Combat Vehicle for work with the manned vehicle. The first variant called the RCV-Light will weigh approximately seven tons and include a sensor bundle that will allow the platform to deliver lethal fires. The RCV-Medium will weigh about 10 tons and be equipped with a medium-caliber weapon cannon and an anti-tank guided missile. And the RCV-Heavy will weigh about 20 tons with direct-fire lethal capabilities. It has assumed that on Article’s images showed the RCV-Heavy variant.
Army officials envision the light version to be transportable by rotary wing. The medium variant would be …read more
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