Manufacturer "Abrams" introduced a prototype of the "light tank"
At Modern Day Marine in Quantico, Virginia, General Dynamics unveiled a mockup of a new "light tank" dubbed the Griffin II. The prospective vehicle will have improved armor and a 120mm cannon similar to the 120mm M1Abrams, a tank made by the same company. The Griffin turret is a smaller version of the Abrams turret and is designed to fight tanks and other armored vehicles.
The presented platform is primarily designed for expeditionary and airborne troops. The US Army expects the new "light tank" to weigh 38 tons. It is designed to participate in modern multi-domain warfare, that is, conducted simultaneously in five areas - on land, in the air, on water, in space and cyberspace.
Battalions ask for fire
The Griffin II is primarily intended to support infantry brigades: a vehicle that can be airlifted into combat and maneuvered through urban space, but with the lethal firepower of a full-fledged tank at long range to destroy enemy armor.
According to available information, with the help of a new platform with a 120-mm gun, the Pentagon intends to increase the firepower of the airborne and other expeditionary forces and light infantry. The tank was developed as part of the Mobile Protected Firepower program (Mobile protected firepower) of the US Armed Forces.
The survivability of the platform can be significantly improved with the help of intelligent sensors that will be integrated with the machine's software to create a multi-layered system of passive and active protection measures.
American analogue of Russian landing equipment
On December 17, 2018, the United States Army awarded two contracts to BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) for over US$375 million and US$335 million, respectively. As part of the agreement, each firm over the next 14 months had to build 12 prototypes for further testing. The third application, which was the fruit of the cooperation of the American defense company SAIC with Singapore's ST Engineering and Belgian CMI Defense, was rejected.
The concept of the Mobile Protected Firepower multi-purpose land platform is considered by a number of American experts - in particular, Chris Osborne from Warrior Maven magazine - as a response to the Russian Sprut-SD self-propelled anti-tank gun. Like the prototype of the American light tank, the 2S25 or "Sprut-SD" is designed for airmobile troops, carries a 125-mm gun, and, due to its lower weight and dimensions, has greater maneuverability and mobility with combat power comparable to MBT.
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