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Infantry on wheels: new vehicles for the American ground forces

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In the US, new light vehicles Infantry Squad Vehicles for infantry units will be adopted. They must be supplied by GM Defense, a subsidiary of General Motors Co.


The US Army has signed a contract for the supply of vehicles worth $ 214,3 million. GM Defense is to produce 649 infantry vehicles based on the Chevrolet Colorado. During the eight-year period, the production of cars can be increased to 2065 units.

It's worth noting that GM retired from the military-industrial business in 2003. It was only in 2017 that she announced her return to work with orders from the military department.

We saw this as a unique opportunity to bring GM's best-in-class automotive technology back to the defense market.

- said the representative of the company.

It should be noted that a separate vehicle, the Colorado ZH2 fuel cell pickup, was previously developed and tested. It was created jointly by Chevrolet and the military research center for tanks and TARDEC vehicles.

The military sees these pickups as multifunctional vehicles, ready for use in almost any field conditions. The fuel cell vehicle has a number of obvious advantages, including an almost completely silent movement, which is very interesting for army reconnaissance units.

Now GM is talking about the fact that sooner or later reality will change and it will be possible to organize the mass production of fuel cell vehicles. The first 27 cars will have to be tested at the GM Milford test site.




The Infantry Squad Vehicle uses 90% proven parts in its architecture. The new vehicle is compact enough to be moved with external suspension on CH-47 Chinook helicopters, and light enough to be lifted by UH-60 Blackhawk helicopters.

The first delivery of new vehicles will be carried out for units of the 1st Brigade of the 82nd US Airborne Division. Subsequently, the vehicles can be delivered to other units of the American army.

The new vehicle will undoubtedly change the very rules of combat for army infantry units. They will increase their mobility in combat conditions and gain advantages when traveling over rough terrain. As a result, the soldiers will be able to get closer to their destination with minimal loss of energy and time and, accordingly, in greater combat readiness.

There is no need to explain the prospects of using such vehicles in the local conflicts of our time, in which the American army is now involved, whether it be fighting in the Middle East or in other parts of the world. It is possible that in the future the United States will also establish an export line of this car, since many of Washington's allies may be interested in it.

This is what the car looks like in the video, as they say - in all its glory:

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  1. faiver
    faiver 28 October 2020 12: 16
    -12 qualifying.
    It's some kind of battle, with the same success you can use school buses ...
    1. donavi49
      donavi49 28 October 2020 12: 28
      +4
      That is, Shoigu and Serdyukov (who is a paratrooper) are enemies of the people?





      Now mobility decides. Especially not in wars, all wars, but in all local operations. Where vehicles on wheels will drive around a mechanized column with tanks and spread it out in a convenient place to zero.
      1. faiver
        faiver 28 October 2020 12: 42
        -1
        will drive around a mechanized column with tanks and spread it out in a convenient place under zero.
        - and the mechanized convoy goes without security? without intelligence? patrols?
        And if heavy infantry weapons are required to destroy a mechanized convoy, then these beach cars can be slowed down with a standard shooter ...
        one plus - it looks beautiful
        1. donavi49
          donavi49 28 October 2020 12: 51
          +5
          Well, the security on the BMPshkah also does not travel fast, plus the march itself is much slower than that of such flying units.

          Moreover, with the development of all sorts of loitering ammunition and other things, light equipment flirts in a new light. Such an open helicopter landing vehicle, for example, with 6 kamikaze UAVs for a 40-minute flight, is capable of doing things - and a detachment can control a large area.

          Their entire ideology of application does not imply a battle. The task of the transport is to quickly and economically deliver / transfer a detachment + 400-500kg of combat equipment to the place. And if there is a battle, then on the terms of the detachment, from an ambush / better position.

          Again, since the 80s, Toyota with Milan has shown itself much better than the mechanized group with the BMP / T-72. Marshal Haftar, who capitulated in Chad with a bunch of armored vehicles, will not lie. And the extreme wars in Libya, Syria, Iraq have shown this again.
          1. faiver
            faiver 28 October 2020 13: 00
            0
            And no one will spot the helicopter ... and aerial reconnaissance is not conducted, there is no need to turn these cars into a wunderwaffe
            1. ProkletyiPirat
              ProkletyiPirat 28 October 2020 15: 06
              0
              Quote: faiver
              And no one will spot the helicopter ...

              Well, in fact, for this, these machines are made in order to remove the disembarkation zone from the LDP and thereby ensure secrecy. Even if the very fact of the use of helicopters is known to the enemy, then he will have to increase the search zone to hundreds of kilometers, which is problematic even for large and developed armies ... One problem with the American options, they do not float, which makes their use in Eastern Europe problematic, but not we regret it. wink
          2. Lopatov
            Lopatov 28 October 2020 13: 49
            +2
            Quote: donavi49
            Moreover, with the development of all sorts of loitering ammunition and other things, light technology flirts in a new light.

            Ага.
            Now it will be much easier to rake an artillery attack. And the absence of armor will make it possible not to suffer
          3. strannik1985
            strannik1985 28 October 2020 18: 13
            0
            Haftar did not have enough of his infantry, the local “greens” changed their shoes in a jump. The Iraqis' attempt to repeat the Toyota War (battles at Az Samawah in 2003) ended in failure.
      2. Cowbra
        Cowbra 28 October 2020 13: 33
        +2
        Quote: donavi49
        Especially not in wars, all wars, but in all kinds of local operations.

        In other words, in police or counter-terrorist operations, where, as has been said more than once, not army, but police equipment is needed. With MRAP, for example. Which, in war, will not fall to anyone when army to army
      3. Lopatov
        Lopatov 28 October 2020 13: 47
        0
        Quote: donavi49
        That is, Shoigu and Serdyukov (who is a paratrooper) are enemies of the people?

        Possible.
        For the Americans, air transport vehicles are a plus to the much more protected but too heavy Oshkosh L-ATVs.
        Which replace "Humvee" in "light" brigades. Air transportable.
  2. Ros 56
    Ros 56 28 October 2020 12: 49
    +3
    Good cars, theirs to us in the north, that would be happy striped.
  3. maktub
    maktub 28 October 2020 12: 51
    +3
    I can imagine how it is "kosher" to travel in such "convertibles" in the cold winter season
    1. ycuce234-san
      ycuce234-san 28 October 2020 20: 42
      +2
      The wind-cold index (weather severity index) gives corrected negative temperatures at a speed of such a car of 60 km / h: at -15 gives - 30, at -25 gives -43, at -50 gives space and incompatible with life and health -78. .. Having driven once across Alaska in such cars, the soldiers will look with horror at any oncoming convertible until the end of their days. At least, on open chassis for winter movement, you need to have a bonnet overall metal windshield with viewing devices and a large aerodynamic shadow after it, covering the entire chassis entirely - otherwise no one will get anywhere alive.
      Heat will also have its drawbacks - high-speed dehydration and sudden heat stroke, which is especially dangerous for the driver while driving. But they do not even have a drinking water tank built into the chassis of the car, although it is not difficult to add a tank of liters per 100 water.
      Therefore, heaters, conduits and cabins are needed.
  4. voyaka uh
    voyaka uh 28 October 2020 12: 55
    +3
    In my opinion, modern infantry should be put on off-road motorcycles. With hybrid engines.
    A motorcycle is difficult to hit with a rocket drone. The target is fast and small.
    The motorcycle can be laid on its side and hidden. Easy to hide under any tree. Drive into the entrance of the house.
    And heavy jeeps will not help business.
    On patrol, you can ride them on the roads.
    And to fight the paratroopers? - no way.
    1. d4rkmesa
      d4rkmesa 28 October 2020 13: 17
      +1
      ATVs, buggies - there are many options, and now they are being sorted out diligently for units of the MTR and mountain brigades. In conflicts in an area like Karabakh, mobility is needed and once again it is better not to "shine". There that all kinds of electric self-running carts, as in the topic, will also be successful. Including those moving without a driver, such as rovers. On a motorcycle, it is still harder to bring, for example, a mortar or a stationary ATGM with ammunition.
      1. voyaka uh
        voyaka uh 28 October 2020 13: 24
        +2
        "mortar or stationary ATGM with ammunition" ////
        ---
        On a trolley trailer. The main thing is that everything should be collapsible and quick-detachable. The motorcycle rides along the paths where any 4 wheeled vehicle gets stuck.
        The IDF had a sad experience. Hezbollah operatives in Lebanon were faster on off-road motorcycles than Israeli planes and drones.
        We must learn from the enemy.
      2. Paragraph Epitafievich Y.
        Paragraph Epitafievich Y. 28 October 2020 13: 54
        +1
        Quote: d4rkmesa
        On a motorcycle, it is still harder to bring, for example, a mortar or a stationary ATGM with ammunition.

        but don't! The special forces team should have a couple of high-speed 3D printers at their disposal! Mortar and BC to print on the spot! Alternatively, deliver by drones disguised as some kind of local delivery service!
        laughing
    2. Paragraph Epitafievich Y.
      Paragraph Epitafievich Y. 28 October 2020 13: 50
      +3
      Quote: voyaka uh
      In my opinion, modern infantry should be put on off-road motorcycles. With hybrid engines.
      A motorcycle is difficult to hit with a rocket drone. The target is fast and small.
      The motorcycle can be laid on its side and hidden. Easy to hide under any tree. Drive into the entrance of the house.

      that way, you can agree to roller skates)
    3. Kot_Kuzya
      Kot_Kuzya 28 October 2020 13: 57
      +4
      Tukhach's laurels keep you awake? I remember that he also raved about the release of 100 thousand tankettes, called them "men at arms of the 20th century." But as combat experience has shown, tankettes with bulletproof armor and a machine gun with a rifle caliber are useless on the battlefield. An army vehicle of the battlefield must be armored, must protect the crew and troops at least from 7,62 caliber bullets and shrapnel. Otherwise, the point is in a specialized army vehicle for 300 thousand dollars? It is wiser to buy a jeep for 50 thousand instead.
    4. Virus-free crown
      Virus-free crown 28 October 2020 14: 16
      +1
      Quote: voyaka uh
      In my opinion, modern infantry should be put on off-road motorcycles... With hybrid engines.
      A motorcycle is difficult to hit with a rocket drone. The target is fast and small.
      The motorcycle can be laid on its side and hidden. Easy to hide under any tree. Drive into the entrance of the house.
      And heavy jeeps will not help business.
      On patrol, you can ride them on the roads.
      And to fight the paratroopers? - no way.

      I agree with the bold type in the comments, but I am for an all-wheel drive motorcycle with a sidecar !!! good
      Crew - three people, standard armament - each AKM-47 with 10 horns, a Kord is installed on the wheelchair, RPG-7 with 5 grenades ... This platoon can solve an almost unlimited range of tasks soldier
    5. pmkemcity
      pmkemcity 29 October 2020 07: 43
      +1
      Quote: voyaka uh
      In my opinion, modern infantry should be put on off-road motorcycles. With hybrid engines.

      What is really there - right on hoverboards!
      Quote: voyaka uh
      The motorcycle can be laid on its side and hidden.

      Put it in your backpack ... and business!
      Quote: voyaka uh
      Easy to hide under any tree.

      Yes Yes! Even pee mono - hands are free!
  5. akropin
    akropin 28 October 2020 13: 10
    +3
    330 thousand dollars 1 car, or I misunderstood?
  6. APASUS
    APASUS 28 October 2020 13: 13
    +3
    The new vehicle will undoubtedly change the very rules of combat for army infantry units. They will increase their mobility in combat conditions and gain advantages when traveling over rough terrain. As a result, the soldiers will be able to get closer to their destination with minimal loss of energy and time and, accordingly, in greater combat readiness.

    What a nonsense! We spent so long in the army from open vehicles (GAZ-66, for example) towards more protected MRAPs and here again 25. A good sniper will take the unit out of the battle alone, if it comes under fire, the crew is not protected at all, we will not write about the explosion in principle! Everything is focused on mobility and what will change the rules of warfare? A car for barmaley or saboteurs ..............
    1. voyaka uh
      voyaka uh 28 October 2020 13: 41
      +1
      I've ridden a lot like that.
      The trick is that in a combat situation, everyone jump from it in all directions, like frogs. And lie 10 meters from it.
      And then the battle is fought like dismounted infantry, usually. If the situation is not critical, then remove the machine gun from the turret and mortar from behind to increase the fire.
      1. APASUS
        APASUS 28 October 2020 14: 01
        0
        Quote: voyaka uh
        The trick is that in a combat situation, everyone jump from it in all directions, like frogs. And lie 10 meters from it.

        It's just that the emergence of MRAP was primarily due to the protection of fighters.
        MRAP (mine resistant ambush protected - protected from undermining and ambush attacks, mine-resistant ambush protected) - wheeled armored vehicles with enhanced mine protection.

        And here the appearance of an open car is positioned as a know-how that will change the very rules of warfare for army infantry units.
        Yes, it will add more cripples! Look at the statistics of explosions in Afghanistan and compare with the deaths of military personnel during fire contact
  7. zwlad
    zwlad 28 October 2020 13: 21
    +4
    Are the cars coming back?
    1. Servisinzhener
      Servisinzhener 28 October 2020 15: 53
      0
      They returned a long time ago. But at a new technological level. In the form of a pickup truck with a machine gun.
  8. Cowbra
    Cowbra 28 October 2020 13: 30
    +1
    In short, just like attack drones - they will come in handy to chase wild barmaley - but no more
  9. Eug
    Eug 28 October 2020 13: 41
    0
    An interesting car, especially if it is (a little) noisy. As for me, it would be worthwhile to modify the frame a little, adding horizontal pipes for mounting armor panels as an option.
  10. Rusticolus
    Rusticolus 28 October 2020 18: 02
    +1
    How, I understood from the video. We took an ordinary pickup truck, cut down the body parts, put the tube frame and painted it all green? No, well, then I can do it one car a month. Nice drank such a budget comes out. The price is obviously more than 5 times the price of a pickup + 10 meters of pipes and 5 kg of paint.
  11. yfast
    yfast 29 October 2020 11: 03
    0
    This is for the militants, when the GG runs away from the army.