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BAE Systems Corporation has returned to the development of the light tank М8

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BAE Systems Corporation has shown its claim to the role of light tank for the american army. According to the armyrecognition.com portal, the M8 Armored Gun System tank will again participate in the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) tender.


BAE Systems Corporation has returned to the development of the light tank М8

Light tank M8


In 1996, the US Department of Defense refused to develop and purchase the M8 Armored Gun System tank because of funding cuts. After that, the Defense Ministry once again attempted to purchase light tanks for the army, but in 2009, the Future Combat System program was closed. The Mobile Gun System program, in which the Stryker armored personnel carrier was converted into a wheeled tank, also did not provide the infantry with adequate protection, so in the 2016, the US Department of Defense announced a new tender MPF, under which it is planned to purchase light tanks.

BAE Systems Corporation has published the official image of its bidder in the framework of the tender MPF. It turned out to be a tank, created on the basis of a thirty-year development - the machine M8 Armored Gun System. According to the developers, their proposal is "based on mature design and modern technologies."


Light tank from BAE Systems


BAE Systems reports that a new car is currently undergoing internal tests. Already on April 2, the prototype will be handed over to the troops for full combat testing.

According to representatives of the US Department of Defense, the US Army lacks light and mobile tanks that could accompany the infantry on difficult terrain and in urban combat situations where the M1 Abrams tank would be too clumsy. The military is hoping to receive offers from manufacturers in the near future and hold a tender so that in the beginning of 2020-s, mass production of new light tanks will begin, reports "Warspot"

Photos used:
armyrecognition.com
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  1. Kars
    Kars 5 March 2018 14: 16
    +2
    It is necessary to master the US military budget.
    And so a rather hopeless machine suitable for peacekeeping operations.
    1. svp67
      svp67 5 March 2018 14: 38
      +3
      Quote: Kars
      And so a rather hopeless machine suitable for peacekeeping operations.

      Better to say, rather highly specialized military equipment. The answer to China’s mountain tank, and our Octopus
    2. seos
      seos 5 March 2018 14: 48
      0
      For them, this is a very promising direction ... especially not the fact that this machine will win the tender.
      Question - in the video is it DZ in containers or semi-active armor? (who understands that he’s mumbling in English?)
  2. san4es
    san4es 5 March 2018 14: 22
    +1
    BAE Systems Corporation has returned to the development of the light tank М8

    Technical characteristics of the tank M8 AGS:
    The number of issued, pcs .: 11;
    Crew, pers .: 3;
    Combat weight, t: 17,6;
    Overall dimensions, mm: body length - 6144, length with gun forward - 9180, width - 2642, height - 2555, clearance - 430;
    Booking: armor - aluminum bulletproof (1 level of protection);
    Armament: 105-mm rifled gun XM35, 1 x 12,7 mm machine gun M2HB, 1 x 7,62 mm machine gun M240;
    Engine: diesel Diesel Model 6V-92TIA, V-shaped, 6-cylinder, two-stroke, turbocharged liquid cooling;
    Engine power, l s .: 550;
    Speed ​​on the highway, km / h: 72;
    Cruising on the highway, km: 480;
    Specific power, l. s / t: 28,3;
    Overcoming obstacles: rise, city. - thirty; wall, m - 30; ditch, m - 0,8; ford, m - 2,2

  3. Strashila
    Strashila 5 March 2018 14: 38
    +4
    Experience ... son of difficult mistakes. In recent decades, tanks have been used mainly in settlements where the main counteractions against them are cumulative ammunition ... the main defense against which are mounted systems and screens. A light machine is more dynamic and maneuvering, and more economical in fuel ... the cost of the machine itself is lower. Look at the information from Syria, it’s the carts for guns firing at a distance at the enemy that are widely used there ... they were shot back and on the move.
    1. NEOZ
      NEOZ 5 March 2018 15: 44
      0
      Quote: Strashila
      gun carts

      why is the striker and the ravings bad in this role?
      1. Strashila
        Strashila 5 March 2018 16: 22
        +2
        The gun ... 105 mm is 105 mm, not 30 ... and the strikers are good on a level road, but not like in ruins.
  4. NEOZ
    NEOZ 5 March 2018 14: 45
    0
    bulletproof armor in the city?
    it’s even worse than the M60 ....
    and is charging manual?
    American school of tank building is clearly degrading ....
  5. Gray brother
    Gray brother 5 March 2018 14: 58
    +4
    Who fed Sheridan burgers?
    1. cats
      cats 5 March 2018 16: 09
      +2
      I love this bully in wot ... repeat
      1. Gray brother
        Gray brother 5 March 2018 16: 14
        +3
        Quote: Kotovsky
        I love this bully in wot ...

        In life, he was not so good, because of the not completely burning sleeve, the crew had some chances to convert to Islam.
        In my opinion, it is still in service with the United States ILC.
  6. Gloomy
    Gloomy 5 March 2018 15: 02
    +2
    Funny abbreviation M8 (M-EIGHT) - in tune with mate (buddy)
  7. KCA
    KCA 5 March 2018 15: 06
    +2
    A healthy pelvis, which will be torn from the shots by an RPG, a cool car for urban combat, the beloved DShK will sew it from face to experience, the rate of fire and ammunition of a 105mm gun is clearly not enough for urban combat, the BMP-3 next to this is simply a masterpiece
  8. skeptical
    skeptical 5 March 2018 15: 44
    0
    A light tank is definitely needed, including for urban combat. 105mm is perhaps even redundant. Enough 76mm, but with a high rate of fire. KAZ in defense against RPGs. Something like Spikes in addition to the cannon and a 0.5 large-caliber remote-controlled tower gun.
    1. avt
      avt 5 March 2018 16: 11
      +1
      Quote: skeptical
      A light tank is definitely needed, including for urban combat.

      bully Azochenway! Transfer from ,, Carrot "to something like AMX-13
      1. skeptical
        skeptical 5 March 2018 16: 43
        0
        So we have "Carmel" just in development. Everything seems to be according to plan.
  9. k_ply
    k_ply 5 March 2018 15: 53
    +4
    Hm! They reanimate the M8 (an RB tank, a car from the category “To fish without fish and cancer”), they can also reanimate other projects preserved at the time as unnecessary and at the final stage of development, such as the creation of the RAH-66 reconnaissance and attack helicopter " Comanche ", promising SG" Kruseyder "155 / L52 (in response to the creation of self-propelled guns" Coalition-SV "2C35). There is also a modernization covered in the mid-90s with equipping the Bradley BM with 35/50-mm Bushmaster III cannons (in response to equipping the 57-mm AU-220M BM) ...
    https://www.orbitalatk.com/defense-systems/armame
    nt-systems / automatic-cannons-chain-guns / docs / Bush
    master_III_Fact_Sheet.pdf
  10. Vasyan1971
    Vasyan1971 5 March 2018 16: 17
    0
    So what? We also have light tanks. True, we call them "inflatable."
  11. Sofa expert
    Sofa expert 5 March 2018 16: 51
    0
    Some sort of barn .. would rather be an easy target
  12. Archivist Vasya
    Archivist Vasya 5 March 2018 17: 25
    0
    It turned out very high, you don’t count the armor, a heavy machine gun or anti-aircraft gun cut the line, and protection from RPGs would not hurt. In general, it is better for export.
  13. Kyrgyz
    Kyrgyz 5 March 2018 19: 35
    +1
    Quote: Kars
    It is necessary to master the US military budget.
    And so a rather hopeless machine suitable for peacekeeping operations.

    But are not such operations the main scope of such technology today? Fast maneuverable caliber is good and armor is better than BMP