Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicles are about sensors, active protection, speed, and maneuverability

Aug. 14, 2020
Strategy depends on AI-enabled targeting sensors and thermal sights, air and ground drone connectivity, air defense and active protection systems.

WASHINGTON – Racing over bridges, supporting advancing infantry with suppressive fire, shooting vehicle-launched counter-drone missiles and engaging enemy tanks from safe standoff ranges are all operations the Army anticipates for its new fleet of armored combat vehicles. Kris Osborn at Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

14 Aug. 2020 -- Army officials emphasize, maneuverability and expeditionary warfare in their family of Next Generation Combat Vehicles (NGCV) in efforts to bring supportive fires to advancing infantry, cross bridges, engage in mechanized maneuver warfare and leverage a new generation of sensors and drone coordination.

The NGCV effort consists of new platforms to include the fast-emerging Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle infantry carrier, Robotic Combat Vehicle and some kind of future tank-like platform.

Part of the strategy for engineering lightweight vehicles involves the use of new sensor systems, active protection, and speed to enhance survivability. The concept is to see and elude or thwart incoming enemy fire before being hit. In effect, see and destroy enemies before being hit.

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John Keller, chief editor
Military & Aerospace Electronics

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