Military Review

According to TARDEC, the US Army should rethink the doctrine to reduce the weight of technology.


If the army is serious about losing the weight of its armored vehicles, then it should seriously reconsider how it works and not depend so much on materials science, said Paul Rogers, director of the American Automobile and Armored Research Center TARDEC.

“If you really want the weight of the machine not to affect its qualities in a destructive way, materials science is only one aspect, but we really need to carefully review our doctrine, our CONOPS (concept of operations), and our dependence on other technological means,” said Rogers during the Winter Symposium of the US Army 22 February 2013.

The weight of the machine has increased significantly, as commanders seek to protect their troops from the main types of threats, such as improvised explosive devices, which were lying on the roads in Iraq and Afghanistan. After such an increase in weight, the leadership of the army began to complain about the loss of speed on the battlefield.

Rogers explained that, to reduce this weight, too much hope is placed on the science of materials. Even if a major breakthrough in materials science happens, Rogers said, the army will be able to count on a decrease in mass. tank just about six tons over the next 30 years.

However, if the army is ready to take some risk and rethink its approach to work, it will be able to reduce the weight of equipment.

“If you really want to get a platform weighing up to 20 tons, remove the soldier from it completely and allow the autonomous system to be used,” said Rodgers.

After the soldiers left Afghanistan after the 12 years of war, Rogers said, it was time for the army to explore some of the risks associated with the weight of the vehicles. Rogers said he is interested in working with the US Army Training and Doctrine Office to review how the army exploits its armored vehicles.

It's time for the army to see the car as a member of the team, said Rogers. Soldiers must be able to use their vehicles for real-time data collection and analysis. Machines should be better connected to unmanned aerial vehicles to gather information about the environment.

Heidi Shyu, head of army purchases, focused on better synchronizing the army’s scientific and technological efforts to deliver better equipment to the battlefield as quickly as possible. Rogers said she made the TARDEC look five years ahead. He said that she helped to understand the future of technology and help them explore the risks.

“I think the time is right to take the risk. The farther the planning horizon, the better we can do it,” said Rodgers.

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  1. Mikhado
    Mikhado 26 February 2013 11: 28
    About that article, and did not enter.
    The best way to reduce losses for our stars and stripes "friends" is to stop climbing into all holes with your democracy!
    Advice is free if cho, I'm not greedy wink
    1. w.ebdo.g
      w.ebdo.g 26 February 2013 12: 10
      Oh yeah! let them make a remotely controlled tank!)))
      UAVs are intercepted to land, but the tank is intercepted ... and what will the amers do with it ????
      Can you imagine firing 60 tons of steel at a speed of 70 km?
      it's a creepy thing ...

      let's, amers, have more telecontrol, lower your fat asses into comfortable office chairs ...
      and for our programmers - a lot of money, technology and knowledge to form real shock cyber squad hackers)))
      boys in real life will play in World of Tanks !!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      it will be fun!))))))

      1. Larus
        Larus 26 February 2013 15: 51
        By the way, in our country, or rather in the USSR, there were experiments using such tanks.
        1. crazyrom
          crazyrom 26 February 2013 16: 23
          remove the soldier from it completely and allow the use of an autonomous system

          Well, here we are, the game "Tanchiki" is only in the real world. The boys will sit in an armchair at the computer and operate autonomous tanks ... After this, all murders by today's drones will seem like paradise.
  2. buga1979
    buga1979 26 February 2013 11: 29
    robots are coming))
    1. Nevsky
      Nevsky 26 February 2013 13: 34
      Well, yes, even terminator robots will find you in Sartir!

  3. Krsk
    Krsk 26 February 2013 11: 30
    Give "Abrams" from composite materials !!!
    1. predator.3
      predator.3 26 February 2013 14: 01
      Quote: KrSk
      Give "Abrams" from composite materials !!!

      Made of aluminum and plastic ?! wassat
      1. Krsk
        Krsk 28 February 2013 13: 27
        Made of plastic aluminum ...
  4. domokl
    domokl 26 February 2013 11: 34
    Once my teacher taught tactics, defense is considered to have been broken when the soldier’s eggs hovered over the enemy’s trench ... And the Americans are again stepping on the same rake as always, waging war on bombings, cars, computers ...
    If they reconsider their concepts, then this will cause an avalanche-like reaction ... For example, Israeli tank troops will fall ... For the moment, the tanks were brought in, they crawled and that’s all .. And in the version that is proposed, this is already really Russian cars ...
    1. Hunter thomson
      Hunter thomson 26 February 2013 11: 43
      What do Israeli armored forces have to do with American games? Israel has its own concept, its own requirements for technology, its own limited theater of operations. Is Israel worried about logistics problems when invading the Philippines?
      1. domokl
        domokl 26 February 2013 11: 49
        Quote: Hunter Thomson
        What is the relation of armored forces of Israel to the games of the Americans
        The most direct ... They are built exactly on the same model ... Israeli tanks are not able to independently travel long distances and are transported on trailers. Moreover, Israeli tanks have huge armor protection and additional equipment ...
        So if you carefully read what I wrote you should understand what I meant ...
  5. Drappier
    Drappier 26 February 2013 11: 35
    The weight of the nation would be better worried laughing
  6. Kaa
    Kaa 26 February 2013 11: 35
    All clear. Land battleships are over - you give battle transformers sent by e-mail and reproducing on photocopiers, preferably with artificial intelligence chips. The diagnosis - in childhood, they revised the Terminator and, most likely, they smoked something uphill ... lol
  7. Sasha 19871987
    Sasha 19871987 26 February 2013 11: 40
    Yes, they went, better let the weight of the external reduce for a long time .... 17 trillion ....
  8. Roomata
    Roomata 26 February 2013 12: 30
    meanwhile, Russia is developing the world's first shock reconnaissance ethereal paper plane, skillfully thrown by the hand of an experienced soldier, it leads the enemy into perplexity
    thousands of abandoned aircraft clutter the enemy’s position
    resulting in discomfort and focal fires from abandoned cigarette butts
    places of fires are fixed thereby displaying the accumulation of the enemy
    1. Bubo
      Bubo 26 February 2013 13: 08
      Excellent plus. Laughing out loud laughing
  9. Bosk
    Bosk 26 February 2013 14: 06
    Are Americans worried about the excessive weight of military vehicles ?, this is alarming because, apparently, they have set as their next goal a region where bridges are thoughtless for the weight of their equipment ... It's time to start making conclusions.
    1. Cpa
      Cpa 26 February 2013 15: 12
      A wonderful comment. I’ll add more under the mud and steppes of Central Asia.
  10. knn54
    knn54 26 February 2013 15: 29
    Pavel. Thanks to the "invaders" from the USSR, all the roads in the Fergana Valley (which the Yankes are interested in) are practically asphalted to the detriment of our Slavic and Kazakh hinterlands. It seems that the conversation is about sand ...
    Without information from satellites, all their praised equipment will not work. 75% of the on-board electronics have not been tested in real conditions.
    I repeat, but for every American novelty there is always a Russian hacker.
    1. Cpa
      Cpa 26 February 2013 17: 06
      You are right, Nikolai, in any case we are talking about difficult terrain.
  11. bazis
    bazis 26 February 2013 15: 35
    they have all the large equipment. The first time I saw Bradley danced for dancing with pleasure -MENA grenade launcher, just a super target. I hope our new projects will not be full of heights ...
  12. georg737577
    georg737577 27 February 2013 02: 49
    The approach expressed in the article is absolutely correct. The current level of technology development makes the "biological" vehicle crew the "weak link". All designers of armored vehicles proceed primarily from the presence of the "human factor", hence the dimensions, proportions, etc. Tank - "drone" will be much more efficient and technologically "optimal", albeit much more expensive ... As for the possibility of "interception of control" - the designers of combat vehicles-robots will definitely follow the path of giving the vehicle maximum autonomy on the battlefield, up to the absence or severe limitation of the very possibility of remote control. And this is not a fantasy, but a question for the next 10-15 years ...
  13. Hoist
    Hoist 27 February 2013 04: 01
    Yeah, and such a tank, of course, will itself track and evaluate the tactical situation, recognize civilians, military, friends, strangers, etc. To know he will pass through this or that locality, the parameters of all obstacles, when to use which means of destruction and so on. In general, think for yourself. Full artificial intelligence.
    And then he will get tired of all this and he will go for a ride on the seashore for his pleasure.
    IMHO of course, but any radio signal can be, if not intercepted, then at least jammed or jammed with interference, which makes remote control at least ineffective. And a full-fledged AI that takes into account all aspects and situations in battle is still a fantasy of the distant days.