The US Army Has a New Light Tank After 50 Years

The idea of deploying a light tank had been abandoned for many years, but a highly mobile armored vehicle like this new Mobile Protected Firepower Vehicle was impressive enough to change the US Army's mind.
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The US Army for the first time in over 50 years chooses a light tank to support troop deployments around the world.

Actually, the US is updating its main battle tank and getting a new light tank to prepare for any conflict that may arise in the coming years.

General Dynamics Mobile Protected Firepower contract

The Department of Defense has awarded a $1.14 billion contract to General Dynamics for the procurement of Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) vehicles.


This is a massive win for General Dynamics, as it solidifies its position as a leading defense contractor. The MPF vehicles will be used by the US Army to provide mobile protected firepower in support of combat operations around the world.

The MPF vehicles will make a significant difference on the battlefield, and this contract will help ensure that General Dynamics can continue to provide the best possible products and services to the United States military.

It consists of a limited delivery of around 96 vehicles, but the procurement of 504 MPF vehicles is expected.


Mobile Protected Firepower vehicles

The MPF vehicles will protect the advances of infantry in hostile areas and empower the Army with an effective force, which is critical in today’s fast-paced and ever-changing battlefield environment.

These vehicles are designed to be highly survivable and able to provide a high level of protection for the soldiers inside. This is achieved through a combination of armor, active protective systems, and advanced sensors and communications systems.

This light tank will be quite versatile and can operate anywhere in the world under any circumstances. As it will be a light tank, the Boeing C-17 Globemaster III will be able to easily carry at least 2 of them for quick deployment in combat zones.


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sky flying airplane aircraft by Public Domain.

The US Army was desperately looking for a tank like this

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M8 AGS Aberdeen by Olive-Drab. Public Domain.

In the early 1990s, the United States Army began looking for a new light tank. It tested the M8 Armored Gun System, also known as the “Buford” light tank. However, in 1996, the project was canceled due to several factors, including cost and weight concerns.

With defense budgets being slashed in the post-Cold War era, the Army could not justify spending a large amount of money on a new tank.

Then, the Army tested the Griffin II tank, which was based on the Abrams… And will work as the model for the new Mobile Protected Firepower Vehicle.


The Griffin II features several significant upgrades, including a new turret design, improved armor, and a more powerful engine. The tank is also equipped with an Active Protection System, which is designed to intercept incoming missiles and projectiles. 

Mobile Protected Firepower A U.S. tank team, in an M1A1 Abrams
A U.S. tank team, in an M1A1 Abrams by Public Domain

In addition, the Griffin II can operate in all environments, including deserts, mountains, and urban areas. Ultimately, the Griffin II is a highly effective fighting machine that will help the United States maintain its military superiority for years to come.

The Mobile Protected Firepower Vehicle will provide invaluable assistance to the troops

Although the concept of the light tank had been put aside in the last decades, it can now return and support the troops with increased firepower and the mobility that only an armored vehicle of this type can provide.


Featured image credit: Mobile Protected Firepower by U.S. Army Public Domain.