“One of the Pentagon’s most flagrant mistakes was the Future Combat Systems (FCS) program, launched as the official plan for a radical rearmament and reorganization of the American army in 2003. Six years later, US Secretary of Defense Robert Gates closed the program due to numerous problems in execution, ”the newspaper article cited. MIC.
According to Davis, “almost ten years, during which it was possible to modernize the Armed Forces and even further break away from the armies of other countries of the world, were wasted by the American military leadership,” which also damaged the prestige of the United States.
“The impressive difference in military potentials that once existed between the United States and other countries of the world narrowed to statistical error,” the author writes. “The handicap has decreased, and Russia, who developed and implemented the Armata’s Universal Battle Platform, pointed to the Americans.”
“The combat systems of the future” were to become a “system of systems” - it planned to use a unified tracked chassis for eight different types of armored combat vehicles, a combat platform (tank) and self-propelled artillery, notes Davis. “For ten years, twenty billion dollars have been spent, but none of the ideas have been realized.”
It took Russia only 6 years to “design, test and launch technologically advanced combat vehicles, like tank T-14 Armata and BMP T-15, equipped with the latest technology. "
“T-14 was at least as impenetrable and powerful as the American Abrams. In the 1991, Abrams would have won a one-on-one battle against a tank of any potential adversary. Now this advantage has been lost, ”the officer states.
In his opinion, America has lost its advantage largely due to its “self-destructive arrogance acquired after the Iraq campaign — now it has to be paid for.”