Modern standards of European armored vehicles

The ground forces of European countries are constantly exploring new ways to improve their fleets of armored vehicles in order to guarantee the ability of these platforms to withstand the obvious threats on the whole continent, whether it is the purchase of additional new vehicles, the replacement of existing fleets or the modernization of existing systems.



The first Griffon armored vehicles were delivered to the French army in July 2019


European developments in the field of armored platforms are aimed at stopping the threat posed by one European country, which, unlike other countries of the continent, often operating outdated platforms, is rapidly expanding its fleet of armored vehicles.

Many armies want to move to parks that have a higher level of digitization and network connectivity, which is a departure from the largely analogous and disconnected capabilities of the past. This ensures that, like everything else on the battlefield, vehicles will operate as seamless network nodes within a vast array of systems that use modern forces, especially in the NATO structure, within which many European armies must interact.

Particular attention is also paid to increasing fire efficiency, as the military seeks to maximize their offensive capabilities and at the same time maintain the mobility levels necessary for operations on the modern battlefield.


Boxer is successful in the 8x8 machine market


At the proper height


The acquisition of new and the modernization of existing machines is often delayed and extended over years, in connection with which governments and industry seek to ensure that the elements integrated into these projects will extend the life of the machines when they ultimately go into service, as well as any necessary modernization in the future.

“Like building ships, acquiring and upgrading armored vehicles is time-consuming,” confirmed John Strid from Newton Europe, a consulting firm. “Unlike mass production, for example, the automotive or aerospace industry, it turned out to be difficult to automate programs for the manufacture or modernization of armored vehicles.”

Stridom noted that due to the high cost of acquiring new platforms over the past 20 years, armored vehicle modernization projects were implemented more often than procurement programs, although the operation of modernized vehicles has its own characteristics and difficulties. “Modernization programs face the daunting challenges of interoperability, along with restrictions on energy consumption and the electromagnetic spectrum, as well as problems inherent in an outdated architecture that has been designed for a long service life.”

Many recent armored vehicle procurement programs were launched as urgent projects in response to the well-known events that made the European military pay attention to their missing capabilities in this area. For example, fleets of armored vehicles consist of vehicles with the most diverse capabilities and different levels of material and technical support over the entire life cycle.

“If the cost of support was included in some of these programs from the very beginning, then others did not include such support and this imposes additional restrictions on resources,” Strid explained. For example, the British army in accordance with urgent requirements modernized some subsystems of its tank Challenger 2 and now, after 20 years of operation, the machine must go through a life extension program, in accordance with which the new digital architecture, sights and guns will be integrated, although some tanks in the troops have already undergone a partial modernization.

Rheinmetall and BAE Systems, the parent manufacturer of the machine, applied for a life extension program, but in July 2019 it was announced that the two companies had established a joint venture, Rheinmetall BAE Systems Land; in essence, this means that one applicant is applying for the project. However, it still needs to be determined which elements of the two applications will be selected and implemented.

The UK is also upgrading its Warrior BMP under the Capability Sustainment Program, which was left to Lockheed Martin UK and includes the installation of a new turret and gun. This once again demonstrates the British army's attempts to modernize obsolete parks in order to continue their operation in the coming years without the need to purchase new cars.

However, Streedom noted that the scale of such programs creates enormous difficulties in their implementation, especially against the backdrop of a decrease in production opportunities in the UK over the past few years. “Since there is currently no infrastructure in Britain where automated production or modernization could be organized, it is becoming difficult to maintain a schedule, for example, in the 600 modernization program for Warrior machines.”

“There are also difficulties in predicting the total demand and, as a result, aging and material and technical support become the main problems throughout the life of the equipment. This is not uncommon in armored vehicle programs, but it becomes a particular problem due to the limited flexibility of supply chains and significant barriers for suppliers associated with small volumes, ”continued Strid.

At the same time, the UK, purchasing a certain amount of new equipment, is also working to eliminate the shortage of production capacities. For example, the British army will receive a Boxer machine developed by ARTEC (a consortium of Rheinmetall and Krauss-Maffei Wegmann), but already as a full partner. Britain re-joined the program in 2018 after many years of absence and thereby ensured the participation of its industry in the development and final assembly of the platform.

The UK is also in the process of acquiring a new Ajax armored vehicle based on the ASCOD platform, which is being developed in several configurations by General Dynamics UK.


BMP Lynx is offered to the Czech Republic to replace obsolete Soviet-era vehicles


French zoo


Meanwhile, the French army is updating its fleet of armored vehicles under the Scorpion program, which provides for the purchase of new platforms, including the Griffon VBMR 6x6 (universal armored vehicle) and the Jaguar EBRC 6x6 (combat reconnaissance armored vehicle), manufactured by a consortium formed by Arterus Systems and Nexus Systems. In addition, in February 2018, Nexter and Texelis were selected to design and manufacture the VBMR-L 4x4 multipurpose light armored vehicle, which will be the third type delivered under the Scorpion program. The VBMR-L, dubbed Serval, will replace some options for army platforms, such as the VAB 4x4, VLRA and the P4 light trucks. At the beginning of the 2019 year, several VBMR-L prototypes were manufactured and several machines were planned to be delivered by the end of that year.

The Scorpion program is a very large project, according to which the purchase of thousands of platforms is envisaged. It is planned that Griffon VBMR and Jaguar EBRC machines will have uniformity in components of the order of 70%.

In April of 2017, the French Procurement Authority issued the first order for serial production of 20 Jaguar machines, the delivery of which will begin in the 2020 year. The French government is currently awaiting the supply of 300 Jaguar machines, although initially it was planned to buy 248 machines. His law on the military planning of the 2018 of the year revealed that the army will accelerate the supply of EBRC platforms by 2025% by 50, and that all 150 units should be delivered by this year, the first four vehicles should be delivered in 2020 year.

Initially, it was expected that 1722 Griffon armored vehicles would be purchased to replace VAB wheeled armored personnel carriers, but in May 2018, the Department announced that according to the new law this amount would be increased to 1872 units. In the case of successful testing of the VBMR-L platform, the delivery of the first batch of 108 units will take place in 2022, then 154 machines in 2023, 112 in 2024 and 115 in 2025, that is, all 489 machines. During mass production, additional orders can be placed based on the needs declared by the army to 2000 VBMR-L platforms.

The law implies that the army will additionally purchase 156 Griffon cars and 40 Jaguar cars by the 2025 year, that is, a total of 8 Griffon, 936 Jaguar and 150 VBMR-L will be delivered in the coming 489 years.

In June 2017, Belgium announced that it would purchase 60 Jaguar machines and 417 Griffon machines, which will enter the troops in 2025-2030 years. Later in October of 2018, an order was made for the planned JNuX 60 platforms, although the total number of Griffon platforms was reduced to 382 units.

Modern standards of European armored vehicles

Latvia has chosen the Finnish truck GTP 4x4, but due to competitors' objections their deliveries are currently suspended


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Germany developed the main battle tanks of the Leopard series, which are now operated not only in the German army, but also in many foreign countries.

Leopard 1 and 2 are very interested in MBT countries that cannot develop their own MBT on their own and since these tanks are in service with many of them, they are being modernized as part of numerous projects with the aim of extending the life of the platform until the choice of platforms for their replacement.

Germany is upgrading its Leopard 2 tanks to the 2A7V / 2A7V + standard. These works are carried out by KMW and Rheinmetall, although only one was selected by other countries; for example, Poland chose Rheinmetall to upgrade its fleet.

The head tank manufacturer, KMW, in May 2017 received a contract to upgrade 104 German Leopard 2 vehicles worth 760 million euros, followed in September 2017 by a contract with Rheinmetall to assist in this work. The agreement provides for the modernization of a total of 68 Leopard 2A4 tanks, 16 2A6 tanks and 20 2A7 tanks and bringing them to the 2A7V standard. The program provides for the integration of new computers of the fire control system and control panels, as well as the installation of a new laser rangefinder and thermal imaging device.

Rheinmetall also received a contract for the supply of new L55A1 guns for the 2A4 tanks, which will allow the Leopard to fire high-velocity armor-piercing ammunition, as well as the new universal DM11 programmable shell developed by Rheinmetall. The first modernized machines should be delivered in 2020 year.

In April 2019, the company received a contract for the modernization of the 101 tank in the A6 version for Germany, worth about 300 million euros. Under the terms of the transaction, KMW will update the operational platform concept, sighting system, fire control system, as well as the chassis. All machines must be re-delivered by year 2026.

In addition, France and Germany are developing the next generation MBT, tentatively designated the Main Ground Combat System, which will replace the Leopard 2 and Leclerc tanks in service with these two countries.

The concept of the machine, based on the Leopard 2 tank body with a Leclerc tower, was presented by KMW and Nexter at the Eurosatory 2018 in Paris under the name EMBT (European Main Battle Tank - European main battle tank). It aims to strengthen cooperation between the two countries, which have recently launched a number of projects to replace existing systems, including a new generation fighter.

MBT is probably the main armed platform that many countries would like to operate, but in reality the number of options available to the ground forces who want to buy a completely new system is quite limited. Therefore, the modernization of existing vehicles is the option that some countries choose to reduce their backlog in anticipation of next-generation tanks, such as EMWT.

Norway, for example, is at a crossroads with its Leopard 2 tanks, and there is ongoing debate over whether the army will seek a new replacement or find an interim solution that can solve the problem of aging machines. According to reports, the modernization program for this platform was rejected by the government in the middle of the 2018 year, but in December of the same year a request was issued for information on the program for extending the life of tanks. However, a decision still needs to be made about how the country will maintain the combat potential of its MBTs outside the framework of this initiative to combat aging technology.


British MBT Challenger 2


Almost new


The “new or modernized” dilemma is especially obvious to those who are currently exploiting Soviet-era equipment, for example, the armies of Eastern and Central Europe. In general, many of these countries are striving to move to machines that are standard in NATO countries. However, here they are faced with a number of problems, including the timing of procurement programs and rather “biting” prices.

Although many countries would not mind buying new equipment, but some of them, including Latvia and Slovenia, are facing a procurement problem, while the Czech Republic, Hungary and Lithuania are developing their way as part of the MBT, BMP, 4x4 and 8x8 configuration armored programs.

In the 2018 year, Latvia preferred the GTP 4x4 truck of the Finnish company Sisu Auto, which beat the HMMWV from AM General, the Cobra from Otokar and the Marauder from the Paramount Group, but rival protests led the government to suspend the program until all the “misunderstandings” that took place in the process of choosing. After making this decision, practically no information is received, but, in the end, time will tell what the consequences will be for this competition and whether this program will be re-launched.

Meanwhile, in February 2018, Slovenia selected the Boxer 8x8 armored vehicle to form two new mechanized infantry fighting units. The country needs 48 infantry fighting vehicles, the first batch should be delivered by the end of the 2020 year. However, the government confirmed in January 2019 that the program was suspended until further notice. This is supposed to be due to a reassessment of needs, as the choice was made based on outdated queries made many years ago.

Lithuania has so far received two Boxer machines from the 88 pieces ordered, which will ultimately be delivered in four configurations: a squad car, a platoon car, a control room and a company commander machine. The Baltic state has also made a request for the purchase of 200 light tactical armored vehicles of the American company Oshkosh, the financing of which in the amount of 142 million euros is expected to begin in 2020 year.

The Czech Republic also has a need for 210 new BMPs and 62 Titus 6x6 armored vehicles. The local company Eldis will supply Titus platforms under a license agreement with the French Nexter. The delivery of the BMP, which will replace the BVP-2 armored vehicles based on the Soviet BMP-2, is claimed by several teams under the leadership of BAE Systems, General Dynamics Europe Land Systems, Rheinmetall and PSM (a joint venture of Rheinmetall and KMW). These teams offer CV90, ASCOD, Lynx KF41, and Puma, respectively. A number of agreements were concluded with them on joint work with the Czech industry and the transfer of work to the country's production sites.


Norway is still thinking whether to upgrade its Leopard 2 tanks or buy new MBT


Signed and are in the process of implementing contracts for the supply of equipment in other countries. In January 2019, it was announced that KMW had signed a contract with Hungary to supply 44 new tanks in the Leopard 2A7 + variant with the aim of replacing the Soviet T-72, as well as 24 new PzH 2000 howitzers.

Under the contract, Hungary will also purchase 12 OBT Leopard2 A4 from KMW's warehouses for training purposes. According to the manufacturer, the Leopard 2A7 + tank provides passive round-robin protection against such threats as, for example, directional landmines, mines, and rocket-propelled grenades. It is also equipped with advanced optoelectronic devices for round-the-clock surveillance over long distances. The PzH 2000 howitzer is armed with the 155-mm / L52 gun, the ammunition handling of the 60 rounds is fully automatic, which ensures high rate of fire.

Next decade


Over the next ten years, the European military intends to invest more in the modernization of its armored vehicles in order to meet the requirements of a potential conflict with an almost equal enemy. According to some reports, this will increase the region’s share in this sector from 5,2 billion in 2019 to 7,1 billion in 2029, making it the second largest market in the world.

Increased service life


While the total expenditures of the four countries of the region (France, Germany, Italy and the United Kingdom), which allocate the most funds for military needs, account for 56% of the global expenditures for armored vehicles, the trend towards an increase in investments in these platforms is also visible in other countries , in particular in the states of Central and Eastern Europe.

Alarmed by the prospects of a conflict with Russia, the military of these countries seek to replace the fleets of obsolete Soviet-era vehicles with modern platforms that are compatible with NATO standards. These new trends will create new opportunities and support European industry amid curtailment of programs in other regions.

According to forecasts, the largest financial resources will be invested in tracked armored personnel carriers / infantry fighting vehicles and MBT; tank costs are expected to rise from 0,6 to 2 billion dollars by 2029. With the end of the Cold War and the predominance of counterinsurgency, many countries have delayed the replacement of their tracked platforms. As a result, there was an urgent need for major modernization in order to ensure the relevance of obsolete equipment from European countries in the near future, until the purchase of new generation platforms begins.

Uneven trajectory


Despite the revival of the market for heavier tracked vehicles, the cost of wheeled armored vehicles is projected to remain unchanged at 41% of total costs. Suppliers in this sector, producing a wide range of platforms, ranging from 4x4 patrol vehicles to 8x8 heavy infantry fighting vehicles, have adapted to the changing needs of European countries.

Due to the fact that the market for MRAP class vehicles continues to decline after the withdrawal of troops from Iraq and Afghanistan, the technologies developed for these vehicles were used to create new generation of protected patrol vehicles and 8x8 infantry fighting vehicles. These platforms are faster to deploy and easier to maintain, while they complement their tracked counterparts perfectly.

The forecast for the armored vehicles market for the 2019-2029 years says that growth in these segments will be most pronounced in the next six years. According to some estimates, European spending in 2025 reached a peak of 7,7 billion dollars. It will be followed by a short-term drop to $ 6,3 billion in the 2026 year, after which a rise to $ 7,1 billion in the 2029 year will begin. This slightly wavy curve reflects the fact that most of the current modernization and large-scale procurement programs currently underway in the region are planned to be either completed or reached their highest point in the middle of the 2020's, which will provoke a slowdown in growth and an immediate decrease in investments in all sectors of the market.

This trend is confirmed by the BTR / BMP 8x8 sector, which was saturated with a huge number of platforms offered by no fewer manufacturers. Considering that the planned service life of most of the platforms is more than 40 years, there will be great difficulties in the market with the offer of new platforms, since the existing tenders are completed.

In addition, based on the long development time of other large projects, for example, the Franco-German main MGCS ground combat system, which is planned to be deployed before the 2035 of the year, the next wave of purchases with a significant increase in costs is expected no earlier than in six years.

Consequently, after the current procurement wave reaches its peak in 2025, tenders in countries such as Bulgaria and the Czech Republic, which are still in the process of selecting the necessary platforms, may become pillars of the armored vehicles market in Europe.
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  1. Theodore 8 November 2019 18: 16 New
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    Well on Boxer, Madame Hrabinskite herself is insisted! She’s a medal, she’s a magnolia ....
  2. Proton 8 November 2019 18: 24 New
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    Everyone is preparing hard for peace laughing
  3. Keyser soze 8 November 2019 18: 34 New
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    Dam ... we have to end the competition for new infantry fighting vehicles by December 20. 4 companies are participating - ARTEC GmbH (Germany), Patria (Finland), NEXTER Group (France) and General Dynamics Land System – MOWAG (Switzerland). A tender for the estimated cost of 750 million euros, and BMP should be done with us.

    Yes, plus a tender for the 2 corvette for the Navy again until December, under the same conditions - production in the country.
  4. Chaldon48 8 November 2019 19: 11 New
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    All this fuss with purchases and upgrades is like preparing for some kind of grand holiday in a crazy house, when everyone in degree of preparation wants to surpass everyone, but he does not really know what kind of holiday it will be, with whom and when he will celebrate it and whether to participate in it at all.
    1. Keyser soze 8 November 2019 19: 18 New
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      but at the same time she doesn’t really know what kind of holiday it will be, with whom and when he will celebrate it, and whether he will have to participate in it at all.


      Hahahaha, that's for sure! laughing Or just the world is going into an era of suspense and everyone is driven by fear, especially the little ones. So they push the army under modernization.
      1. Ua3qhp 8 November 2019 19: 24 New
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        I get the impression that the original article was not written in Russian, but a translation or compilation of the first things.
        1. Keyser soze 8 November 2019 19: 40 New
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          I get the impression that the original article was not written in Russian, but a translation or compilation of the first things.


          Yes no, the author has tried, solidly stitched article. The man worked, worked. I poked him with an asterisk.
          1. Ua3qhp 8 November 2019 20: 07 New
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            "Particular attention is also paid to increasing fire efficiency, as the military strives to maximize its offensive capabilities while maintaining the mobility levels necessary for operations on the modern battlefield."
            They don’t speak Russian like that.
      2. Chaldon48 8 November 2019 21: 14 New
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        The most offensive is that this crazy house is called planet Earth. We, ordinary citizens, if the survivor still has to survive a hangover at someone else's feast.
      3. IS-80_RVGK2 9 November 2019 09: 58 New
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        Quote: Keyser Soze
        Or just the world is going into an era of suspense and everyone is driven by fear, especially the little ones. So they push the army under modernization.

        This era of suspense is horribly reminiscent of the beginning of the last century. When capitalism flew into another crisis. Perhaps only the presence of nuclear weapons is holding back from the fact that everyone began to clatter patriotically for the markets.
  5. 7,62h54 8 November 2019 21: 35 New
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    Western partners frolic in anticipation of the free distribution of Russian soldiers porridge. But this time nothing like that. No queues. Continuous exclusion zone, silent scorched earth.
    1. Keyser soze 8 November 2019 22: 08 New
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      No queues. Continuous exclusion zone, silent scorched earth.


      And you are sitting in the middle of a scorched earth on a combat couch.
      1. 7,62h54 8 November 2019 22: 14 New
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        The main thing is not on the same couch with you.
    2. Chaldon48 9 November 2019 00: 21 New
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      Yes, this will not happen in WWII, but it sounded beautiful: "I have seen many countries, walking with a screw in my hand!"
      1. Keyser soze 9 November 2019 11: 49 New
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        Yes, this will not happen in WWII,


        No, it will not. The end of green Earth and all of us. Even WWII looks attractive to this prospect. we hope that our politicians have enough mind not to return us to the Neolithic.
        1. Chaldon48 10 November 2019 11: 22 New
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          Not everyone will fall into the Neolithic, the majority of the inhabitants of our planet end up in the poral worlds.
  6. lucul 9 November 2019 00: 51 New
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    Hmm ... it feels like the Europeans no longer need tanks - such as our BMP ...
  7. Ross xnumx 9 November 2019 05: 14 New
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    I read it carefully and understood only one thing, the Western creators of infantry fighting vehicles have no idea about the tactics of modern combined arms combat, and their military, which put forward requirements for design engineers, themselves can not figure out their fantastic preferences.
    Particular attention is also paid to increasing fire efficiency, as the military seeks to maximize their offensive capabilities and at the same time maintain the mobility levels necessary for operations on the modern battlefield.

    But there are those who suggest the presence in the war of the future of large-scale military operations using a frontal offensive on layered defense? Where is this possible? Where there are endless open spaces that need to be “conquered”? In this version, Europe, with all its toy troops, remains unclaimed, because those with whom they are “stubbornly preparing” to fight do not need territories.
    As for the requirements for infantry fighting vehicles (APCs) for motorized rifle units, based on the experience of the service, I can assume that it is impossible to create some kind of universal machine with the maximum number of weapons and many functions.
    For the unit (platoon), which includes three vehicles of the required quality all (in my opinion): good driving performance - for the ability to quickly move in rough terrain; buoyancy - to overcome small (up to 2 km) water barriers; large-caliber small arms - to destroy lightly armored targets; protection of the landing against small arms of 7,62 mm caliber and good mine protection.
    But on these three cars weapons are needed to destroy tanks and low-flying air targets. Not necessarily everything, but the unit must be capable of performing a wide range of tasks as part of three machines ...
    And what is envisaged in NATO: a built-in bio-toilet or a one-time package of intimate services - by drum.
    Creating a platform for infantry fighting vehicles (BTRs) of the “Armata” type is a technically correct solution.
    hi
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  8. IS-80_RVGK2 9 November 2019 10: 41 New
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    Griffon VBMR 6x6


    This is how I imagined the new BRDM.
  9. Puhly67 10 November 2019 22: 09 New
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    And what's the difference for a grenade launcher ... new. old. upgraded or not. we’ll burn everything. the whole world in ruin. but then....
  10. rusboris 15 November 2019 11: 56 New
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    In my opinion, the ground equipment of the Russian Ground Forces is most prepared for waging both an interstate war with NATO and a low-intensity war.
    First-line troops are especially good: tanks, infantry fighting vehicles, armored personnel carriers, self-propelled artillery, multiple launch rocket systems.
    Amazing firepower, the ability to swim, high off-road patency. All this is top notch. An acceptable price can also be noted.
    The impression about the armored vehicles of the Ground Forces spoils the inevitability of the defeat of personnel and devices under armor from the secondary fragments of the attacking ammunition. The bullet or projectile of the enemy, even if they do not penetrate the armor, cause the expansion of steel fragments inside the fighting compartment. The crew of the combat vehicle is slightly injured, weapon control devices fail. The car loses combat efficiency by 70%.
    Inside some combat vehicles, special screens made of aramid fibers are attached to the hull for trapping secondary fragments. There are very few such vehicles in the army. The reason is the cost. One square meter of screen costs more than 100 thousand rubles. Screens made of high molecular weight polyethylene exist and are used in foreign armies. They are three times cheaper than aramid ones.
    The polyethylene screen is more combustible than aramid, but cheap, it is not afraid of moisture and has an unlimited shelf life. Question to the state customer. Fuel and ammunition are very combustible, but military acceptance passes them for their armor.
    The issue of booking anti-aircraft systems - the direct support of the first-line troops - has long overdue. The defeat of the anti-aircraft radar antenna by a stone fragment is a disaster.
    However, the developers of anti-aircraft systems are not even discussing this issue. The protection of the crew’s armor and equipment corresponds to the level of the 60s. This leads to a complete loss of combat effectiveness even with minimal enemy exposure. Operator-gunner need to learn 6 months. You can’t put a soldier at a fire control panel out of stock or from infantry in 2019, the level of equipment complexity does not allow it. Even the smallest hole from a striking fragment in the chip of the weapon guidance device leads to a complete loss of combat capability of the machine.
    It is worth paying attention to the fact that the US Army carried additional compositional armor for combat vehicles by plane to Iraq. The price of additional armor they got more than 10 million rubles per car. The car itself costs about 20 million rubles.
    Some designers and government customers of military equipment live the criteria of the 60s. “Women still give birth to soldiers” (aphorism of the 1941-1945 war).
    The first one. Women of Russia almost do not give birth. The second one. Now, in the Ground Forces, trained operators of high-tech military equipment are a very expensive and scarce resource and must be protected by any means available, including armor. The author does not call to weigh all BMPs and armored personnel carriers with composite armor - this is not rational. However, all first-line anti-aircraft systems, reconnaissance vehicles, communications vehicles, command post vehicles, command vehicles must carry composite armor. The level of protection is not less than Br-6, GOST R 50744-95. Protection against armor-piercing incendiary bullet 12,7 mm, distance 50 m, from all angles. The defeat of these vehicles by the enemy is not only a tragedy for the crew, but also the face of the catastrophe of the whole plan of the battle or even the operation.
    Commander, cross-country, comfortable, passenger transport is of particular concern. Not a single colonel, especially a general, has the right to travel in vehicles that are not protected from an armor-piercing incendiary bullet of 12,7 mm caliber from all angles and the safe detonation of 6 kg of explosives under the wheel. Every year in Russia there are tragic deaths of colonels and generals. An example of Army General Hero of the Soviet Union NF Vatutin, who died in a passenger car at the hands of forest bandits, has not been learned in Russia.
    Conventional armored vehicles for a low-intensity war must undergo a special modernization. We will call primary measures not burdened by a large budget. Good night sights and surveillance devices are needed. Loopholes for machine guns and machine guns with good visibility should be on the sides and behind the machine. Inside the armor, you need to install bulletproof and anti-shatter screens from ultra-high molecular weight polyethylene. For the commander and driver, mine seats are needed. An additional, spaced steel armor from all angles should be hung on the hull and turret. Install anti-cumulative steel grilles and rubberized screens.
    Commanders and drivers should have semi-soft, bulletproof protection with bulletproof glass on the hatches. The war with NATO by a pitchfork on water is written. And wars of low intensity are and will always be. Therefore, worrying about maintaining the ability to swim, technology in a low-intensity war is not worth it.
    The carrying capacity of the chassis can be increased by removing the water propulsion. In the steppes, mountains and deserts, water barriers are not expected. In addition, in a low-intensity war, bridge crossings over rivers can be well guarded. And there are nobody and nothing to bombard our pontoons in the middle of the river.
    It is necessary to update the means of anti-atomic and anti-chemical protection on military vehicles. It is highly likely that illegal armed groups have “dirty” atomic bombs and chemical warfare agents in their arsenal.