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USMC : geen EFV, maar wel MPC
« Reactie #9 Gepost op: 17/10/2011 | 22:53 uur »
USMC Continues Push for Armored 8-Wheeler

The U.S. Marine Corps is pushing forward with development of the Marine Personnel Carrier, an armored eight-wheel vehicle that will be able to swim, but not required to travel from ship to shore.

The MPC would operate with the Corps' amphibious assault battalions and carry eight to 10 combat-ready Marines and two crewmen, said Kurt Koch, who oversees MPC requirements for the Corps' combat development and integration division. It would provide protection similar to mine-resistant ambush-protected vehicles, but perform riverine and shore-to-shore operations, enabling troops on land to cross a bay or lake to sneak up on an enemy force.
"In order to have the ability to affect and maneuver for the infantry you have to have some degree of amphibious capability," said Koch, who is based in Quantico, Va. "We've had a relatively low level of amphibious capabilities in our family of light-armored vehicles that's just not as robust as we'd like it to be."

The vehicle's development proceeded slowly while the Corps sunk $15 billion into development of the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, a next-generation amphibious tractor that was killed last year for being over budget. Production of the MPC still could be at least a decade away, but the service is using money previously earmarked for the EFV on three other projects: the MPC; a partial renovation of the existing Amphibious Assault Vehicle fleet; and development of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, a less-expensive next-generation amtrac.

The MPC would fill a perceived gap, offering mobility in moderate surfs with enough armor to protect troops on the ground from most improvised explosive devices, Koch said. In an assault, AAVs or ACVs would come ashore first, with the MPC delivered by naval connecters like the Landing Craft Air Cushion to reinforce them.

 The Corps plans to field about 600 of the vehicles. The next significant step will come early next year when the Corps issues a request for proposals to industry, said Marc Paquette, director of the MPC program. Companies will be asked to provide three vehicles, with one performing water mobility demonstrations at the Amphibious Vehicle Test Branch at Camp Pendleton, Calif.

"We'll demonstrate the water mobility in terms of achieving speeds greater than 5 knots," Paquette said.

The others will undergo testing for ergonomics and IED protection. Research is expected to continue through 2012 and 2013.

MPC officials have evaluated a "technology demonstrator" vehicle built at the Nevada Automotive Test Center in Carson City, Nev., since January 2010 as the program waited for additional funding. Work there has shown that the MPC can keep up with the M1A1 Abrams tank, Paquette said. An M1A1 can travel more than 40 mph on even terrain.

New photographs show the MPC demonstrator rolling over piles of logs and fording a reservoir in Nevada this year. It's about 8 feet wide and 28 feet long, with a height of 8 to 9 feet, depending on how it is adjusted to ride over terrain, Marine officials said.

At least two contenders have emerged for the MPC contract. BAE Systems and Italian-based Iveco Defense Systems combined to produce one based on Iveco's SUPERAV personnel carrier. Lockheed Martin and Finland-based Patria teamed to produce the Havoc, another eight-wheel personnel carrier. Both vehicles can carry 12 troops, ford water and carry machine guns and other weapons.

LM : Havoc

Iveco/BAE : SuperAV

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