"Lessons of the Ukrainian conflict": a "brigade of the future" is being created in the Spanish army
Based on the observation of the course of battles in the independent, Spanish strategists concluded that a deep reform of the army structure was necessary.
- consider in the Ministry of Defense of Spain.
In order to prepare for possible battles, an experimental unit is being created on the basis of the "Brigade of King Alfonso XIII", which received the designation "Combat Brigade of the Future". It will have about 3000 men and 900 pieces of equipment, be responsible for a front of about 100 km and consist of a core and 3 GCBT battle groups (group combat battalion).
The core will include two maneuverable small-sized interchangeable command posts, armored units, sappers, logistics, communications, reconnaissance and artillery (mortars with a range of fire of 7-10 km; howitzers hitting 50 km or more; MLRS for strikes against area targets). The GCBT battalion will have about 500 fighters and 100 vehicles and will include 3 SGCBT tactical subgroups and specialized units (fire support, forward JTAC gunners, heavy mortars, engineers, heavy infantry, UAVs).
SGCBT tactical subgroups [actually companies] should be able to operate autonomously for 5-7 days. Each of them will consist of just over 100 fighters and 16 vehicles and will be staffed by 3 infantry and 1 engineer units [i.e. platoons].
The experimental brigade will be equipped with the most modern materiel - mobile 81-mm EIMOS mortars from Expal on the chassis of the BA VAMTAC ST5; NTGS Alakran 120 mm mobile heavy mortars on wheels; 8x8 Dragon armored vehicles; caterpillar drones Themis for the transport of goods weighing up to 750 kg; radio equipment from Elbit operating in the UHF range; new power plants based on methanol batteries, leaving a very low acoustic and thermal footprint; promising means of electronic warfare against UAVs; new Cobat helmets and innovative body armor from FECSA; Romeo4T sights and Sig Sauer Juliet4 optics used in G36E assault rifles and MG4 light machine guns - both 5,56x45mm; ATGM Spike LR2 with a range of 5,5 km; ATGM BRICOM instead of TOW; AXMC precision rifles in .338 Lapua Magnum caliber, which will become widespread and will be supplemented by a semi-automatic weapons caliber 7,62x51 mm; RPG C90 from Instalaza and C100 from Alcotán; combat management systems BMS.
- reported in the publication Defensa.
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