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Antitank Guided Missile Vehicle (ATGM)
1. General Description of Operational Capability.
a. Mission Area.
b. Operational and Organizational Concept. The ATGM vehicle provides an antitank overwatch capability that allows the Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) to concentrate on decisive maneuver by dismounted infantry. It represents the primary tank killer of the IBCT, capable of defeating any armored threat out to extended ranges. The ATGM Vehicle provides standoff for the force by use of its precision long-range capability capable of destroying enemy armor beyond tank gun effective range. This capability significantly enhances IBCT survivability by negating the heavy armor threat.
3. Shortcomings of Existing Systems.
4. Capabilities Required.
a. System Performance.
(1) The MAV ATGM is based on the ICV variant.
Rationale: The ATGM is based on the ICV platform due to the close parallels of operational requirements and battlefield capabilities between the two systems. The ATGM is an organic vehicle to the ICV maneuver formation and helps maximize commonality of the platform while simultaneously reducing the maintenance footprint and variety of logistics support.
(2) The ATGM MAV must be capable of integrating TOW IIB and IBAS capability.
(T); 10000M (O).
Rationale: The ATGM MAV will provide the brigade’s primary tank killing capability. The ATGM MAV will fire the brigade’s heavy antitank missiles to destroy high value threat targets at extended ranges in order to defeat enemy armor before the enemy tanks can return effective fires. The brigade commander will utilize the brigade’s separate antitank company, armed with these ATGM MAVs, to shape the battlefield, to reinforce the brigade’s infantry battalions, to serve as a member of the brigade reserve, to reinforce the brigade reconnaissance squadron in the counter-reconnaissance fight, and to counterattack the enemy’s operations. This dedicated ATGM system allows the remainder of the brigade’s MAV fleet to be optimized for specific capabilities that can function under the antitank overwatch umbrella.
(3) The ATGM MAV must be capable of mounting a minimum of 2 ready missiles. (T), 4 (O).
Rationale: Multiple ready missiles and rapid reload capabilities facilitate multiple target engagements in high intensity fights.
(4) System will provide minimum storage of 8 missiles. (T);12 (O).
Rationale: Multiple missiles and rapid reload capabilities facilitate multiple target engagements in high intensity fights.
(5) The ATGM MAV must possess the same armament as the MAV Infantry Carrier (ICV). (T); 500 (O)(T); 1000 (O)
Rationale: Facilitates the ability of the crew to provide for self-defense against local attacks.
(6) The launcher must be capable of rapid reloading by an individual crewman with minimum exposure.
Rationale: After ready rounds are fired, crewman will need to rearm the launcher. In a combat environment, the time and degree to which he is exposed must be minimized.
(10) Commander will be provided an independent day/night viewer for target identification (O).
Rationale: Allows commander to independently locate secondary targets while gunner is engaging primary. Also facilitates overlapping scanning of sector.
(7) The ATGM MAV will have a crew of four.
Rationale: The ATGM MAV will be manned by a vehicle commander, gunner, loader, and driver. These four personnel are required to operate the vehicle in a tactical environment and carry the equipment if the missile launcher is employed in a dismounted mode.
5. Program Support.
6. Force Structure. Projected Army initial requirement is for 12 systems per brigade for a force total of 60 systems
8. Program Affordability.