MOSCOW, 11 Feb â€” RIA Novosti. In the next few years, the United States intends to produce a prototype of a lightweight mobile armored vehicle fire support (MPF), which not only compete with Russian self-propelled anti-tank gun “Sprut-SD”, but also change the course of the fighting on land, writes the National Interest.
The us military, as the newspaper notes, declare the necessary fire cover for the mobile infantry of the United States in case of attack on the enemy.
“MPF will assist the infantry on the roads. The mobility of such combat vehicles will provide you with fire support and protection, which will allow to strike at the enemy before he will stop your progress,” â€” said the Deputy chief of staff of us Ground troops Ricky Smith.
However, he did not give an exact weight develop machine, however, stated that at its creation, the military will seek to achieve an optimal combination of power, mobility and survivability of military equipment. How do you think senior us military commanders, this prototype will surpass the Russian samples, including from the point of view of survivability.
The National Interest writes that the development of the new prototype due to the fact that the military in the United States recognize that the M1 Abrams, which is the main battle tank, are not always able to provide infantry fire support due to the heavy weight and restrictions in mobility.
According to the us military, one of the main qualities of the new combat vehicle should be the ability to move quickly.
“Quick transfer is especially important in the European region, where Russian troops, for example, can be in close proximity to NATO forces”, â€” the newspaper writes.
New fighting technique, which is referred to the category “light tank”, according to the us military, will surpass the Russian self-propelled anti-tank gun “Sprut-SD” 2Ð¡25, which is equipped with a 125 mm smoothbore gun and weighs about 25 tons.
It is expected that the contracts for the development of prototypes will be signed in 2019, with the first samples, the newspaper writes, will be created in the next 14 months. The most powerful army in the world