U.S. Army’s Future Combat System vehicles will be completely terminated the project (Figure)
data for: U.S. Army Future Combat System Unmanned Ground Reconnaissance Vehicle
BEIJING, May 6 (Xinhua) as a boulder, the U.S. defense budget in 2010, run over by the Air Force, Navy, several weapons R & D project, will also be the new Army and Marine Corps tanks grind into the rock under the project.
According to the U.S. “Washington Watch” magazine, according to a recent disclosure of the details of Gates’ new budget, including the Army Future Combat System project in the combat vehicle will be fully terminated on the grounds that such vehicles can not fight effectively prevent roadside bombs. Meanwhile, the Marine Corps amphibious landing vehicles were also questioned the need for the project. Although the two projects cost $ 14 billion, respectively, and $ 3.6 billion R & D costs, but they are unlikely to become a member of the U.S. military.
in the Army’s future combat system, from detection to the logistics of the car models of 14 species. They are completely based on information technology, network systems, will be unmanned and manned tank joint operations. In the U.S. the original plan, these new tanks will ensure the future of U.S. troops in the battlefield of absolute advantage.
However, Defense Secretary Robert Gates in the eyes of these tanks there is a “fatal”, which just proves fatal to the future combat system from the U.S. military to consider the reality of battlefield combat, need to be drastically cut.
in response to questions from Members of Congress, Gates stressed that the Army’s Future Combat Systems is developing the new car is still used “flat” design, the chassis from the ground less than half a meter high . This design did not learn from the U.S. military in Iraq and Afghanistan learned. In Iraq, more than half of U.S. casualties caused by roadside bombs. In Afghanistan, the threat of roadside bombs to bring U.S. troops are increasing. Gates told lawmakers, “the roadside bombs are so effective, the U.S. military involvement in the conflict in the future, it will be for the U.S. military’s most common attack.”
in response to roadside bomb attacks, the U.S. military has launched an anti-landmine ambush vehicles (MRAPs). This thickening of the base plate of the vehicle to take a unique V-shaped, the impact of the explosion can be dispersed, thereby reducing casualties. Gates believes that this vehicle has been shown to improve the well for the U.S. military provides protection, but the Army’s Future Combat System R & D in the new car only in the use of expensive technology to enhance the cost, it does not take into account protective roadside bomb kind of real threat.
the same reason, the Marine Corps a decade-long research and development of new amphibious landing vehicles, and may be in the armed forces on the eve of a sudden into the “death row.” The new Marine Corps amphibious landing vehicles can load 17 fully armed soldiers, landing operations will be the main vehicle. This amphibious landing vehicle research and development costs have reached $ 3.6 billion, over 200% more than originally planned. According to the Federal Audit Office estimates the cost of each amphibious landing vehicle will reach $ 23 million. For this expensive and lack of effective land protection armored vehicles, the reduction of the Gates will not let the knife.
with Gates gradually reveal the details of the Budget, will be the end of the equipment items will be eleven said. Although billions of dollars in R & D costs have been unable to recover, but the reality of the U.S. military will be positioned as the “bloody cut” and gradually clear.