Saturday, February 09, 2019

30mm cannon for the ACV. Can we recycle the EFV turret or has time passed it by?

This is gonna be quick and dirty.

How many of you remember the EFV?  How many of you remember the debate that was had during its development about whether it should be a manned or unmanned turret? How many of you remember the USMC settling on a manned solution and how everyone was jazzed about the increase in firepower?

I do and you can find some pretty interesting articles on the whole thing in Proceedings.  My pile of the mags is a mess. Totally unorganized and just collecting dust so I can't point you in the right direction but a google search should be easy enough.

But on task.

Did you know that the EFV turret is used as the small boat defense weapon on many of our amphibious ships?

Above you see it on the USS Green Bay (LPD 20) as it arrives in Thailand for Cobra Gold 2019.  The question is simple.  Should we recycle it for the ACV?  I ask because it seems apparent that the Marine Corps might be going unmanned but does it make sense to stay manned for increased situational awareness?

We already made the investment so why not take advantage of that cost saving and integrate it into our new ride?

Just a thought.

One other point.  I'm not sure of the application for these upgunned ACVs.  We're only getting 150 of them so I'm almost positive they won't be used in the troop transport role. I'm thinking of the tankette role.  Enough firepower to keep heads down, bust up light vehicles beyond the capabilities of a 50 cal but a waste for the M1 Abrams.

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