Tuesday, June 11, 2019

US Army wants to equip units with a Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M)

via Janes
In the near future, the US Army wants to equip units with a Robotic Combat Vehicle-Medium (RCV-M) outfitted with a 30-mm turret to defeat armored personnel carriers, trucks, and troops.

In a 7 June announcement, the service unveiled tentative plans to acquire a RCV-M platform to augment the "organic" formation with a direct fire capability, while also leveraging on-board sensors to help form a common operating picture.

"The RCV-M's aggressive mobility profile enables it to keep pace with its organic formation during off-road maneuver and movement on improved surfaces," the service wrote. "Its on-board autonomy package reduces the cognitive burden of the operator while maintaining an aggressive cyber defense posture to maintain both assured control and the trust of the operator."

1.  Easy win for BAE with their Black Knight (above).

2.  Is the US Army throwing everything against the wall to see what sticks?  They have their Big 6 plus everything else under the sun.  From ultra light vehicles that will fit inside a CH-47 to the NGCV and others...and I haven't even hit on aircraft yet.

The procurement trainwreck is going to cause some tough choices.  Every General/Admiral in the Pentagon needs to THANK TRUMP!  He relented on his desire to see a 5% cut across the board (they should also thank Defense Hawks) but the righting is on the wall.

Many programs will be left by the wayside.  There just isn't enough money and the accounts are coming.

They'll be lucky to see just a freeze in spending...much less future increases...and that's regardless of which party wins the White House.

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