Army’s Light Combat Vehicle Gaining Traction

An Army effort to equip infantry troops with a light combat vehicle is now underway, and officials are aiming to issue a request for proposals in fiscal year 2017. “We have what we call a capability production document that is currently still in draft and it’s being socialized throughout the Army,” said Tom Stafford, chief of the support systems branch at the Army Maneuver Center of Excellence’s capabilities directorate at Fort Benning, Georgia.Lt. Col. Garth Winterle, the provisional project manager for the “ground mobility vehicle” or GMV, said the document is already in general officer-level staffing at the Pentagon.The focus in fiscal year 2016 will be on conducting an analysis of alternatives and an effort to “fine tune” the requirements, he said in an interview. From there, he expects the Army to issue a request for proposals from industry.

Source: Army’s Light Combat Vehicle Gaining Traction

Here’s more on LTG McMaster’s proposed Ground Mobility Vehicle.

Mind you, the replacement for the HUMVEE across the force (including light and heavy brigade combat teams) will be the JLTV. This GMV is a niche vehicle, tailored to the needs of light infantry.

There’s a dispute whether it is only needed for the Airborne Infantry of the 82nd Airborne Division, or across all the light Infantry BCTs.

This is something of a politically charged issue, as leaving the troops dismounted means they simply cannot maneuver against an enemy. But the first time a troop dies from an IED in an unarmored vehicle, there will be hell to pay.

3 thoughts on “Army’s Light Combat Vehicle Gaining Traction”

  1. Light, and particularly airborne forces’ mobility is ludicrous once they hit the ground. If I remember, I will email you some thoughts after I get off this kindle keyboard. Suffice to say that leaving your CLUs and ITAS at home are bad mistakes.

  2. I would expect that if a Trooper dies from an IED when afoot, there will be hell to pay. It’s just the nature of the game played by politicians who couldn’t care less for the most part, unless there’s political capital to be gained.

    The reality is, light infantry is vulnerable to just about everything when he’s on the ground. I don’t want anyone to die, but Troops die when in combat zones and it’s part of the game. Whether they die in a hopped up ATV, or walking across terrain, it’s a sad thing and unavoidable for the most part.

  3. How long will it take the Army to mount AT missiles on it? Or a mortar? At least a heavy machine gun? It ain’t really a ‘combat’ vehicle unless it has some sort of weapon, and we have to keep up with those third world ‘technicals’. Don’t our troops deserve at least as much capability as third world hordes?

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