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    Good catch. I missed that.

    Good catch. I missed that.
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    davidbfpo, Where did it mention needing...

    davidbfpo,

    Where did it mention needing more/new Chinooks?

    The SGTIAs are reminiscent of Marine Enhanced Company Operations/Distributed Operations, only with armored vehicles and task...
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    Assuming most light infantry deployments require...

    Assuming most light infantry deployments require significant vehicular augmentation anyway, wouldn't it make sense to design most infantry TOEs to reflect this? Perhaps even add drivers and gunners...
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    Since the utility of pure, un-augmented light...

    Since the utility of pure, un-augmented light infantry seems to be rather limited. Perhaps we need to look at reconstituting most of them as "just plain infantry" units. I realize we are doing...
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    Six M1152s at GVW weigh around 33 tonnes. That's...

    Six M1152s at GVW weigh around 33 tonnes. That's the same as two Strykers, or half the weight of a Stryker platoon's vehicles.

    Assuming a generous $200k per M1152, you could outfit an entire...
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    The US manages to fit 37-8 dismounts in 4...

    The US manages to fit 37-8 dismounts in 4 Strykers plus mounted element.

    Six troop carrier HMMWVs per platoon carrying 2+6 allows for 6 drivers and 42 dismount seats. There's 4-5 extra seats,...
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    Six in back plus two up front is fine. With six...

    Six in back plus two up front is fine. With six HMMWVs, even with six additional drivers, there's still enough space for the entire platoon.

    Add external stowage racks for rucks, spare tires and...
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    You can fit an entire squad on a suitably...

    You can fit an entire squad on a suitably equipped HMMWV troop carrier.

    http://www.amgeneral.com/files/specs-sheet-m1152-domestic-04-10.pdf

    That means at minimum four troop carriers per...
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    Perhaps a better concept for "general infantry...

    Perhaps a better concept for "general infantry mobility" might be the humble HMMWV. It has the following benefits:

    * It comes in a wide variety of unarmored, semi-armored, or armored...
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    Some XM-25 AAR discussion over at KitUp

    http://kitup.military.com/2011/02/inside-the-xm-25-after-action-reports-from-afghanistan.html
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    IMHO, it isn't flawed logic. Ken asserted that...

    IMHO, it isn't flawed logic. Ken asserted that "agility almost always beats armor". Frequent movements to contact, and relegation of unarmored forces to supporting roles in OIF, stand in opposition...
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    Don't know if I buy the notion that "Filling the...

    Don't know if I buy the notion that "Filling the niche in peace time can lead to low intensity combat due to a capability being extant".

    We didn't have a medium-weight units in Kosovo, but we...
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    I don't see a problem with the Stryker's role. ...

    I don't see a problem with the Stryker's role. It provides protected mobility for infantry in a package that's lighter, has a lower logistics footprint, and has much higher on-road mobility than the...
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    I don't believe the thought ever was to use them...

    I don't believe the thought ever was to use them in an MCO without augmentation. Attach a tank battalion to an SBCT to soak up the ATGM hits while the Strykers deploy infantry. Or dole out Stryker...
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    At the time, what would've been better? It was...

    At the time, what would've been better? It was supposed to be an "interim", medium-weight vehicle. Everything would've been a compromise. Anything much heavier would push it into Bradley...
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    If the AFV is "AAV-level" amphibious, then it...

    If the AFV is "AAV-level" amphibious, then it might work. AAVs are designed to go through rough surf zones. A garden variety amphibious M113s aren't. They're meant to cross a fairly calm rivers. ...
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    What if they have to crawl over a reef? Aren't...

    What if they have to crawl over a reef? Aren't the last few meters of the surf zone some of the most treacherous? How do you embark the force once a raid is complete? Do the APCs need to mate up...
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    Does anyone have experience with the various...

    Does anyone have experience with the various up-armor kits for MTVRs and FMTVs? How do they compare with dedicated MRAPs in terms of protection and mobility? The MTVR APK was supposed to handle...
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    Interesting. I wonder how the cost of a...

    Interesting.

    I wonder how the cost of a course correcting rocket compares to one using GPS/INS guidance?
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    I read about their trajectory corrected stuff. ...

    I read about their trajectory corrected stuff. Do you know how this works? Does it use a modified rocket that accepts guidance commands in flight? Or is it just using radar data from the previous,...
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    MLRS only offers better accuracy when using...

    MLRS only offers better accuracy when using guided munitions right? Unguided MLRS is far less accurate than unguided 155mm. Also, isn't munition cube for MLRS much higher than for 155mm?

    I'd like...
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    Do new 105mm guns like the Denel G7 and the...

    Do new 105mm guns like the Denel G7 and the proposed BAE V2C2 gun, with their 32km range using BB rounds, change anyones thinking on the future of the 105mm howitzer?
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    Looks like the XM-25 is finally going to...

    Looks like the XM-25 is finally going to Afghanistan.

    http://defensetech.org/2010/05/06/army-sending-precision-grenade-launcher-to-afghanistan/

    "The Army is set to send its high-tech “counter...
  24. Mission, Enemy, Terrain and weather, Troops and...

    Mission, Enemy, Terrain and weather, Troops and support available, Time available, Civil considerations.

    http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/library/policy/army/fm/3-0/ch5.htm#par2-1-1
  25. The problem with a computerized sight on an...

    The problem with a computerized sight on an unguided weapon is that, while your claimed effective range is 600m, the hit percentage drops significantly the further out you go. Hitting moving targets...
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