By: Elena Grace Flores
Readiness in the Army by developing weapons, technologies and systems focusing on creating readiness in counteracting enemies with enormous capabilities, mechanized force enhancements across boarders and presence in its allies’ territories are just few agenda of the Americans in mellowing down unwanted aggression by the opposite side whether it could be against Russia or China.
Since the big apple is ready in any conceivable contingency, to even include counterinsurgency, counter terrorism and hybrid-type conflicts, the American military forces have been been re-focusing from 15-years of counterinsurgency war to pivoting major-power war. Lt. Gen. Michael Williamson, Military Deputy, Assistant Secretary of the Army – Acquisition, Logistics and Technology, told Scout Warrior in an exclusive interview. “We’re developing systems to be prepared for the full range of potential conflict.”
High powered war equipment combined with Maneuver tactics are integrated to overwhelm, confuse and destroy enemies if that’s needed. Military modernization coupled with aggressive activities are essential for America not just for war but as the leader of the world essential in making the rest of the countries follow international laws. For instance, armored vehicles, long-range precision weapons and networking technologies are connected to accurately disperse the opponents over a wide area of terrain.The Army’s future strategy is called Wide Area Security, an approached grounded to recognize large-scale mechanized forces that will likely operate and maneuver across wider terrain as has been relevant in recent years.
While the conventional weapons and precision-guided missiles are used by the enemies to intimidate neighbors, the US is refining technologies with a specific mind to talk with other machines in attacking enemies and protecting Soldiers in battle grounds, Williamson explained.
As National Interest wrote: Major, great-power war would likely present the need for massive air-ground coordination between drones, helicopters and ground vehicles, infantry and armored vehicle maneuver formations and long-range weapons and sensors. The idea is to be ready for enemies equipped with high-end, high-tech weapons such as long-range rocket, missile and air attack capabilities.
As evidence of this approach, Williamson pointed to some of the attributes of the Army’s new Joint Light Tactical Vehicle, or JLTV, and Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle as platforms well-engineered for large-scale mechanized warfare.
The Army is also preparing to take delivery later this year of its new infantry carrier platform called the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, or AMPV.
Built by BAE Systems, the platform is intended to replace the Vietnam-era M113 infantry carrier; several variants are planned, including a General Purpose Vehicle, Mortar Carrier Vehicle, Mission Command Vehicle, Medical Evacuation Vehicle and Medical Treatment Vehicle.
Overall, the Army plans to build roughly 3,000 AMPVs at a cost of $1 million to $1.7 million each.
The platform is designed to transport troops, evacuate injured Soldiers, escort logistical convoys and maneuver alongside larger vehicle such as Abrams tanks. The AMPV is designed with the speed to maneuver such that it can increase its chance of avoiding Anti-Tank Guided Missiles. An ATGM is the kind of conventional weapon the Army would be likely to face in a hybrid or great-power engagement. The vehicle is also armored in order to reduce its vulnerability to long-range enemy weapons.
The AMPV is a tracked vehicle built on a Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle chassis; it represents the Army’s push to be prepared for the full-range of conflict. For example, the Army is divesting some of its fleet of Mine Resistant Ambush Protected vehicles, or MRAPs, specifically engineered for an IED or roadside bomb environment. While being ready for that possibility is still important to the Army – and still very much a future possibility — the service does not need to keep its full inventory and is instead preparing for a wider-range of possible wars.
The General Purpose AMPV transports two crew members and six passengers. It is armed with a 50-cal crew-served weapon and carry one injured Soldier on a litter.
The Mortar variant uses a crew of two with two Mortar technicians and an ability to fire 120mm rounds; the Medical variant carries a crew of three and six walking passengers.