Deadly New ‘Tank’
The US Army is taking a substantial next step in the accelerated development of a new Mobile Protected Firepower lightweight armored vehicle – designed to support infantry combat teams in fast-moving combat situations.
The service, which plans to build prototypes in the next several years, is now beginning to evaluate industry proposals for the new vehicle which seeks to combine rapid deployability, maneuverability and maximum survivability for crew members in combat.
Army developers tell Warrior Maven the new armored vehicle is expected to change land war by outmatching Russian equivalents and bringing a new dimension to advancing infantry as it maneuvers toward enemy attack.
Senior developers with the Army Research Laboratory have told Warrior Maven about cutting-edge efforts to both lighten the weight of combat vehicles while simultaneously emphasizing mobility. In fact, as part of this effort, two MPFs are being built to fit on an Air Force C-17 aircraft.