Wednesday, January 03, 2018

US Army plans on trialing 2 finalist for it's light tank project by the end of the year...

via Army Times
As future war planning shifts to confront near-peer threats, Army leaders are looking at their ground combat formations and seeing something missing — a light tank.

By late 2018, the Army expects to start trials pitting two companies to produce 12 prototype light tanks each, according to a recently released Request For Proposal.

Originally reported by Defense News, a sister publication of Army Times. the competition will then yield a winner that will build up to 54 of the light tanks, with the first unit receiving the Mobile Protected Firepower, or MPF, in 2025.

The Army plans to spend more than $1.2 billion on the program over the next four years.
Story here. 

Wow.  The Army is doing the same crap the Marine Corps did with the ACV. Taking basically off the shelf vehicles, testing them for a year and then slow walking them to the units.

They're gonna start trials by the end of this year but it will be till 2025 till the first unit receives the vehicle?

I don't get it.

Why isn't anyone in the Pentagon able to act with a sense of urgency anymore?

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