Military Review

Self-propelled complex with patrolling ammunition OPF-M for the USMC

45

Experimental complex OPF-M on the LAV-M chassis


By order of the US Marine Corps, a family of promising combat vehicles OPF-M (Organic Precision Fires-Mounted) is being created. The new line will include several samples on different chassis, equipped with a unified launcher for patrolling Hero ammunition. It is assumed that such a technique will seriously expand the reconnaissance and strike capabilities of the ILC subunits.

From request to prototype


The OPF-M program started in early 2019. Its goal was to create a promising self-propelled complex on an existing chassis, equipped with loitering ammunition. Such a technique was supposed to be entrusted with conducting reconnaissance and delivering strikes when working from closed positions. The possibility of developing a whole family of equipment on a different basis, but with similar performance characteristics, was not excluded.

Several weeks were given for accepting applications, after which the ILC planned to study the proposals and choose the most successful one. At the same time, the start of the main work was postponed until 2020. The competitive part of the program began on time. In November last year, it was announced that its winner would be selected within a few months.

In June 2021, KMP announced the winner of the program and issued an order for the continuation of the work. The American company Mistral Inc. became the main executor of the project. The key components of the OPF-M complex were developed and supplied by the Israeli UVision Ltd. Under the terms of the contract, in the coming months, contractors were to complete the design and build several experimental combat vehicles for testing.

According to the terms of reference, the means of the OPF-M complex should be mounted on three platforms. These are the LAV-25, JLTV armored vehicles and the LRUSV unmanned boat. As ammunition, designated as the Loitering Strike Munition (LSM), the finished Israeli product Hero 120 is used. It cannot be ruled out that in the future new models will appear on a different base and with the possibility of using other weapons.

At the test stage


Shortly after the signing of the contract, UVision showed for the first time a new type of Multi-Canister Launcher (MCL) launcher and a loitering munition launch. In the near future, it was planned to complete its integration with the carrier.


The annual conference of the United States Army Association opened in Washington a few days ago. An obligatory part of this event is an exhibition of the latest developments in the field of weapons and equipment. Thus, Mistral Inc. and UVision revealed new details about the OPF-M project and showed their new developments for the first time.

The two companies have officially unveiled the MCL unified launcher used in the ILC project. In addition, photographs of the OPF-M experimental complex, currently undergoing testing, were published. The first prototype was based on the LAV-M armored vehicle. In the future, the appearance of new prototypes on the chassis required by the customer is expected.

UVision announces that the MCL is compatible with all patrolling ammunition in the Hero line. Depending on the current needs and the task at hand, the complex will be able to use a light product with limited characteristics Hero-30 or use a heavy drone Hero-400. Thanks to this, the complex based on MCL and Hero is able to conduct reconnaissance and attack targets at ranges up to 75 km.

Prototype


The OPF-M prototype is based on the LAV-M self-propelled mortar, one of the modifications of the LAV-25 serial armored personnel carrier. During the restructuring, new devices and operator consoles appeared in the fighting compartment, with the help of which loitering ammunition is launched and subsequently controlled. Probably, there are also places for placing ammunition.

An additional platform with an MCL installation is located in the aft part of the roof. The latter is a fairly simple structure in the form of a lifting device and a frame on which transport and launch containers are installed. In the transport position, the frame with the TPK is laid horizontally, in the combat position it rises to a large angle.

The number of containers on the installation depends on the selected ammunition. So, when using the main product Hero-120 or less large samples, it is allowed to install eight TPKs. The promotional material featured an image of a launcher with six larger UAVs.


Loitering ammunition of the Hero line

Compatibility of the MCL installation and the OPF-M complex with the entire Hero line is declared. These are small-sized unmanned aerial vehicles with an electric propulsion system, equipped with optical-electronic means for observation and reconnaissance in real time. Also on board there is a warhead to hit the selected target.

For "surgical" attacks, the developer suggests using the Hero-30 ammunition. This product weighs 3 kg, capable of flying for up to half an hour and hitting a target with a 500-g warhead. The larger and heavier Hero-70 ammunition can fly up to 45 minutes. With its own weight of 7 kg, it carries a 1,2 kg warhead. The largest of the short-range UAVs is the Hero-120, weighing 12,5 kg. This device can fly for an hour and carries a warhead weighing 3,5 kg.

Also, a 25-kg Hero-250 ammunition has been developed with a range of 150 km and a flight duration of 3 hours. It is armed with a 5-kg warhead. There are two modifications of the "heavy" UAV Hero-400. They weigh 40 kg each and carry 8 kg charges. The flight duration was increased to 4 hours.

During the test


The first version of the OPF-M complex on the chassis of an armored personnel carrier / self-propelled mortar has already been built and is being tested. The task of such tests is to refine the ergonomics and layout of units, check the interaction of various components, study various features of operation, etc.

It should be noted that the first OPF-M prototype is based on ready-made components that have already passed the necessary checks. Accordingly, the current stage of testing is greatly simplified, which allows the customer to count on a faster receipt of the desired equipment.

In the near future, an experimental complex should appear on the chassis of the JLTV armored car. Testing such a machine should also not be difficult and therefore will take a limited time. The same applies to all new projects of the OPF-M family, providing for the use of serial platforms.

Self-propelled complex with patrolling ammunition OPF-M for the USMC

Experimental launcher for Hero based on JLTV. The new OPF-M modification will look similar

It should be noted that the possibility of placing the Hero-120 UAV on a JLTV vehicle has already been confirmed. In 2019, UVision and Oshkosh showed an experimental complex of this kind, equipped with an original launcher. However, this development was not related to the OPF-M program and therefore did not receive direct development.

Of great interest is the modification of the OPF-M complex based on the unmanned boat LRUSV. Such a project should combine two promising areas in the field of weapons and equipment, due to which the most interesting results can be obtained. The unmanned platform will be able to operate on water in different areas, including hazardous areas, without exposing the operator to risks. At the same time, the launch lines of loitering ammunition will be brought forward and the zones of reconnaissance and strikes will be increased.

However, the LRUSV boat is not yet ready for adoption, and the fate of the OPF-M surface version depends on the status of this project. The development of the boat itself is not easy, and the integration of the MCL installation and other tools will be a separate challenge. Time will tell whether it will be possible to solve it.

A new direction


The United States Marine Corps is trying to keep up with military developments and explore promising avenues. Recently, this structure has shown great interest in loitering ammunition, which not only have known advantages, but have also repeatedly demonstrated them in real operations. In its own interests, the ILC initiated the OPF-M program, and these works are gradually leading to the desired results.

Apparently, the ILC has every reason for optimism and can expect that the OPF-M complexes of different versions will come to service. The new family of technology is based on off-the-shelf components and prototypes to help you complete all tasks quickly and without too much difficulty. However, the exact dates of entry into service and the pace of equipping units with new equipment are still unknown.
Author:
Photos used:
UVision, Oshkosh Defense
45 comments
Information
Dear reader, to leave comments on the publication, you must sign in.
  1. Dkuznecov
    Dkuznecov 13 October 2021 18: 16
    +6
    That's what I thought.
    "small-sized unmanned aerial vehicles with an electric propulsion system".
    If these balalaikas, in the amount of hundreds of pieces, carry out a raid on our military base at night, how and with what from them
    to fight back in the current realities? There is no infrared trace. Visual aids won't help either.
    Tell me who thinks what.
    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 13 October 2021 18: 24
      +6
      As if nothing fundamentally new.

      1. Detection and control center small-sized tactical radars. It is necessary to provide protection for bases of various levels, and moving parts must be protected.

      2. Destruction: rockets, missiles with guided detonation, laser.
      1. Dkuznecov
        Dkuznecov 13 October 2021 19: 53
        +2
        Thanks. really educational.
        I would not have dug it myself, I would have had to shovel,
        as Mayakovsky wrote "thousands of tons of verbal ore ...".
        But still, will our people in Khmeimim cope?
        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 13 October 2021 19: 59
          +11
          Quote: DKuznecov
          But still, will our people in Khmeimim cope?

          Naturally, the question is in the outfit of forces against which you need to defend. If Israel or Turkey wants to destroy the base, they will do it very quickly. But the base is protected from all other regional threats.
          1. I am not a robot
            I am not a robot 13 October 2021 21: 23
            -2
            but Turkey and Israel will get sick too
      2. Proctologist
        Proctologist 13 October 2021 22: 27
        +2
        Detection and control center small-sized tactical radars.

        That is, the whole rate is only on the radar? But kamikaze drones are already small and plastic, normally. I think adding cheap stealth technologies will not be a problem for the manufacturer + swarm + electronic warfare.

        It will be very difficult to fight, IMHO.
    2. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 13 October 2021 18: 38
      +3
      Gradually, all ground combat equipment will be able to work on the ground and in the air in the same way. Threats from the air will become the main ones, respectively, mobility, stealth, air defense capabilities will become the main ones.
      Tactical radars, OLS, BIUS, missiles / autocannons / laser - will become the main type of weapon.
      Tanks, classic infantry fighting vehicles will be replaced with something like this:

      1. Intruder
        Intruder 13 October 2021 19: 47
        -1
        Tanks, classic infantry fighting vehicles will be replaced with something like this:
        And in the end, they will already be replaced by this:

        And then, they will give up all this techno-military "fuss and nonsense" and ..., just pure:
        1. OgnennyiKotik
          OgnennyiKotik 13 October 2021 19: 57
          +4
          Quote: Intruder
          And in the end, they will already be replaced by this:

          By the way, already now technically nothing prevents to create something like that.
          The exoskeleton will allow you to wear armor covering the entire body, and the torso and head are quite enough for themselves from 7.62x51 from any distance. All optics and controls are integrated into the helmet, sighting systems are integrated into the weapon. The life support system can be sent to the Moon and Mars to protect the colonies.
          1. Intruder
            Intruder 13 October 2021 20: 17
            -1
            The life support system can be sent to the Moon and Mars to protect the colonies.
            Precisely, by the way, it is quite possible that atmospheric domes on Mars and underground complexes on the Moon are first sawed ..., for the "golden" part of a successful human species, and we will be slowly and guaranteed to die from a prolonged pandemic with monthly vaccines until They will not leave us all, and fyut on their "gravitsapah" and "thermonuclear reactors" to a bright future and a clean environment !?
          2. Saxahorse
            Saxahorse 13 October 2021 22: 11
            +5
            Quote: OgnennyiKotik
            By the way, already now technically nothing prevents to create something like that.

            So we already started, though we went a little differently.


            In the photo, the SPUR robotic dog with a combat module in the form of an automatic rifle. Optics 30x, sighting range 1200 meters. Already a very real means of support.
            1. Maxim G
              Maxim G 14 October 2021 09: 35
              0
              4 legs and speed with range are not impressive.
              1. Saxahorse
                Saxahorse 14 October 2021 22: 56
                +1
                Exactly, the Boston Dynamics dog will be quicker. But this one on batteries can move completely silently. Push this to the flank, behind the back of the enemy. And let him shoot everyone who tries to lean out.
    3. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 14 October 2021 09: 56
      0
      Well, there is no special trace of the internal combustion engine .... and they do not fly so far. A single one can be launched, but for mass production - the carrier must arrive in the restricted area ... and the fact that it can reach it will knock down the shell.
  2. Aaron Zawi
    Aaron Zawi 13 October 2021 18: 17
    +5
    And we are, as always, a "shoemaker without boots". Almost none of this has yet been adopted by the IDF, and we are already selling it with might and main.

    UVision, Israel.
    Hero 30
    Impact UAV. Loitering aircraft in knapsack design, to defeat enemy manpower. 3 kg.

    Hero 70, UVision, Israel 
    Impact UAV. Ultralight 7-kg HERO 70 intelligent complex for the destruction of cars. Data transmission in a line of sight 40 km.

    Hero 120, UVision, Israel 
    Impact UAV. The largest short-range aircraft for engaging tanks or other strategic targets. It can carry a warhead weighing up to 3.5 kg. Flight duration up to 60 minutes.

    Hero 250, UVision, Israel 
    Impact UAV. Flight duration up to 3 hours and line-of-sight zone up to 150 km, allowing strikes at a great distance

    Hero 400  
    Impact UAV. The Hero 400 is a loitering small-sized long-range aircraft for delivering pinpoint strikes against combat targets in populated built-up areas or remote areas. Weight - 40 kg, warhead - 8 kg. The flight duration is up to 4 hours, the range is 150 km.

    Hero 900  
    Impact UAV. For strategic operations. It is capable of carrying a warhead up to 20 kg with a flight duration of up to 7 hours. The radius of action is 250 km.

     




    1. OgnennyiKotik
      OgnennyiKotik 13 October 2021 18: 27
      +1
      In the place of US citizens, I would begin to resent the dominance of Israeli weapons and equipment in the US Armed Forces.
      1. Aurel
        Aurel 13 October 2021 19: 06
        -7
        One of the difficult US citizens, the deceased, also wanted to restrain Jewish organizations in the US, transfer them to the status of foreign agents, and we know how this ended, but his name was J. Kennedy.
        1. Aaron Zawi
          Aaron Zawi 13 October 2021 19: 15
          +9
          Quote: Aurel
          One of the difficult US citizens, the deceased, also wanted to restrain Jewish organizations in the US, transfer them to the status of foreign agents, and we know how this ended, but his name was J. Kennedy.

          H'm. Another judophobic sketch.
          1. Aurel
            Aurel 13 October 2021 19: 25
            .
            There was such a governor of the Khabarovsk Territory, S. Furgal, who planned to liquidate the Jewish Autonomous Region by joining it to the Khabarovsk Territory (consolidation: optimization of budget expenditures), but did not have time, now he is rotting in prison.
            1. vadim dok
              vadim dok 14 October 2021 14: 50
              +3
              A HUGE number of Jews lives in the Jewish Autonomous Region - about 1660 people per 160 population! Almost 000% of the population!
              1. Aurel
                Aurel 14 October 2021 16: 38
                -3
                Yes, this is joke, in fact Moscow is a region where people mainly live.
        2. Intruder
          Intruder 13 October 2021 19: 29
          0
          we know how it ended
          And who does not know, I must say the same !? And then half thinks that the man was poisoned ... or the reptilians of his that, directed energy brain blew up "on parade" lol
        3. stone
          stone 13 October 2021 19: 37
          -3
          One of the difficult US citizens, the deceased, also wanted to restrain Jewish organizations in the US, transfer them to the status of foreign agents, and we know how this ended, but his name was J. Kennedy.

          A person writes with irony, and you absolutely do not understand his subtle humor, pushing here a conspiracy theory, which is absolutely for "flat-earth"
      2. Intruder
        Intruder 13 October 2021 19: 31
        0
        In the place of US citizens, I would begin to resent the dominance of Israeli weapons and equipment in the US Armed Forces
        And what's the point, they were outraged recently ... even the Capitol was taken by storm and ...!?
        Also, like among Russian citizens, plastic cups only flew and all the protests sulked in an instant ...
      3. Aaron Zawi
        Aaron Zawi 13 October 2021 20: 49
        +5
        Quote: OgnennyiKotik
        In the place of US citizens, I would begin to resent the dominance of Israeli weapons and equipment in the US Armed Forces.

        And Europeans too.


        On October 12, Rheinmetall (Germany) and UVision Air Ltd. (Israel) signed a strategic partnership agreement regarding the development and production of loitering ammunition. The agreement uses the capabilities of both companies to provide the European market with accurate, combat-proven weapon systems. The Hero family of loitering ammunition will be available to European customers to meet modern and emerging operational requirements.
        As part of this partnership, Rheinmetall and UVision will offer the armed forces of European countries comprehensive solutions for this class of weapons. Rheinmetall will take on industrial, technological and commercial leadership to expand the capabilities of the weapon system; UVision will make available Hero ammunition based on deep technological knowledge and operational experience. The parties plan to integrate the battle-proven Hero series into Rheinmetall's arsenal of manned and unmanned vehicles, launchers, combat control systems and armored vehicles such as the Lynx.
        The Hero family of loitering ammunition consists of several models. Designed for a wide range of missions, from short to medium to long range and flight times using a variety of warheads, the Hero series of high-precision loitering ammunition provides troops with combined reconnaissance, surveillance and data acquisition (ISR) and strike capabilities, allowing them to independently locate targets by tracking and destroying them. These modern ammunition can hover covertly (unobtrusively) for extended periods of time; find and track down the enemy; help to check targets and strike accurately. The Hero system can interrupt the execution of the strike, re-enter the standby mode, and then resume the attack or strike at a new target.
        “Entering the loitering ammunition market is an important strategic step for us. In doing so, we systematically strive to meet changing customer requirements and growing market demands. We are committed to providing our customers with high-tech solutions. Together with UVision, we will offer products made in Europe for European market to meet the growing demand. Through this partnership, we aim to become a leader in Europe. By leveraging our mutually reinforcing capabilities, we will also lay a solid foundation for joint product development, "said Dr. Alexander Sagel, Head of Weapons and Ammunition, Rheinmetall.
        UVision CEO, Retired Major General Avi Mizrahi said: “The merger with Rheinmetall is an important step for UVision to provide troops with the benefits of cutting edge technological superiority as well as rapid support and training capabilities across Europe. , warheads, combat platforms and Rheinmetall's battle control systems already used by the leading military forces, we can now offer European countries and other allies a much broader and more complete set of solutions for their defense needs. "



    2. Intruder
      Intruder 13 October 2021 19: 33
      +1
      Almost none of this has yet been adopted by the IDF, and we are already selling it with might and main.
      You have the Promised Land, the prophets push the waters apart on faith alone, or is it not so !? And these, all sorts of non-kosher toys for the goyim, let them play dead with them !?
  3. rocket757
    rocket757 13 October 2021 18: 26
    +1
    Self-propelled complex with patrolling ammunition OPF-M for the USMC
    ... A noticeable trend .... weapon systems and individual ammunition are becoming "smarter"!
    How to resist them ??? Yes, also, probably, the systems of counteraction will "grow wiser", there will be more of them.
    Nothing remains unanswered.
  4. Intruder
    Intruder 13 October 2021 19: 26
    0
    To the author, thank you very much for raising this topic!
    After all, for a long time there was no longer about loitering and their carriers .., directly inspired by 19, the era before the pandemic!
  5. Barberry25
    Barberry25 13 October 2021 19: 38
    -1
    it's a pity that we are still at the stage of "ideas" and "tests", although there are already projects ... we need to take the BTR-87 for the base and put launch containers ... and on Kamaz trucks there are 20-25 pieces
    1. Intruder
      Intruder 13 October 2021 20: 23
      +1
      you need to take the Btr-87 for the base and put the launch containers ... and on Kamaz PU pieces 20-25
      As much as possible, only MTL-b, period!
      Although possible, also: Typhoon / Shot / Partner and cheap for Syrian friends Toyota Hilux.
      1. Barberry25
        Barberry25 13 October 2021 20: 24
        +2
        hekh-the main mass and cheap chassis + shoulder versions with a range of up to 20 km as an analogue of the 3rd generation ATGM
        1. Intruder
          Intruder 13 October 2021 20: 34
          -1
          With a mass of warheads in: 500 g, or 1,5 kg for an ATGM, and not a little !?
          1. Barberry25
            Barberry25 13 October 2021 20: 40
            +2
            Well, the RPG-7 has a shot weighing about 2,6 kilos ... I certainly don't know how much a powder starter weighs there, but I think that 2 kilos of warheads with a cumulative part is quite real ... and from above, the tank will be enough
            1. Intruder
              Intruder 13 October 2021 20: 47
              -1
              2,6 Kilo
              So, this is not 1,5 kg.!? And why from above, enough for a psaltery or a skating rink, under a leaf of a tower, or in the "eye" of any DUBM and everyone came, a car "in the stall" and for a smoke break !? wink
            2. Zaurbek
              Zaurbek 14 October 2021 09: 59
              +2
              Russian counterparts have 1kg and 3kg warheads ...... 1 kg is not enough, and a cumulative 3kg "into the roof" will break through easily! The Jewish apparatus, it seems, has the same take-off in warheads of 1 and 3 kg .. and larger
              1. Barberry25
                Barberry25 14 October 2021 10: 09
                0
                well, in general, different complexes are needed ... the main thing is massiveness, you will not fight a lot, when each brigade will have 100-150 launchers
                1. Zaurbek
                  Zaurbek 14 October 2021 10: 12
                  0
                  and the launcher should be like on a ship - universal and under the Barr ammunition and under the ATGM
                  1. Barberry25
                    Barberry25 14 October 2021 10: 44
                    -1
                    well, you need to put a long range on the ship, 100-120 km ... while we are talking about systems with a range of 20 km for launching from the shoulder / ground, and 40 km for launching from a car ... by the way, you can, as an option, attach an optical to the competition rocket add a camera and a couple of km of wires .. in fact there will be a super-cheap ATGM
                    1. Zaurbek
                      Zaurbek 14 October 2021 10: 46
                      0
                      Jews have something similar with a range of 100 km ..... but this is a different caliber
                      1. Barberry25
                        Barberry25 14 October 2021 10: 59
                        -1
                        Well, yes, the main thing for us now is to create a cheap, massive system that can be produced, say, 10 units in 000 years and transferred to the troops, so that in each battalion there is a platoon, in a regiment by a company, and in a brigade, a battalion of anti-tank missile systems ...
        2. Intruder
          Intruder 13 October 2021 20: 37
          +2
          shoulder versions
          This is the topic, namely a light infantry system with a TPK, such as: MBDA "Enforcer"!
  6. tarakan
    tarakan 13 October 2021 21: 55
    0
    PANCAKES border guards need such a pribluda.
    1. Jacket in stock
      Jacket in stock 14 October 2021 08: 04
      +2
      Quote: tarakan
      PANCAKES border guards need such a pribluda.

      No, it doesn't suit the border guards. Well this is a one-time thing, when you know for sure that the enemy is close, but you do not know where.
      And the border guards need a regular airplane for patrolling.
  7. riwas
    riwas 14 October 2021 08: 53
    +2
    Loitering ammunition has its drawbacks - a long time from launch to hitting the target. It is necessary to replace part of such ammunition on the long-range Spike ATGM.
    1. Zaurbek
      Zaurbek 14 October 2021 10: 02
      +1
      There is a whole line in the West: barre ammunition - ATGM 3+ (with retargeting of the Spike type) - ATGM 3 pok of the Javelin type - ATGM of the 2nd + generation of the TOU-2 type and 2nd (old Tou) ...