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
General Dynamics Land Systems wins a $1.14 billion contract to built new Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) light tank for the US Army Infantry Brigade Combat Teams. pic.twitter.com/UrnqBhGTQu— Ronkainen (@ronkainen7k15) June 29, 2022
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
1/2 General Dynamics has won the $1.14 Billion contract for the US Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) system, the system has come about due to the US Army wanting light tanks to equip their infantry brigades. It will provide direct fire support to these brigades. pic.twitter.com/9rTLldWHsE— AFV_Rec (@AFVRec_) June 29, 2022
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.
The US Army was desperately looking for a tank like this
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.
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.