The platform is a key enabler for both sensor and HUMINT focused surveillance and intelligence operations. Successful Brigade operations depend on accurate situational awareness and knowledge in the area of operations, empowering the Brigade to anticipate, forestall, and dominate threats; ensuring mission accomplishment through decisive action and freedom of maneuver.
Holistic survivability to all platforms and organizational elements of the Brigade largely depend on threat information overmatch networked into the Brigadeís situational awareness architecture.
a. System Performance.
(1) The MAV Reconnaissance vehicle is based on the ICV variant.
Rationale: The Reconnaissance vehicle is based on the ICV platform due to the close parallels of operational requirements and battlefield capabilities between the two systems. The Reconnaissance vehicle 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 MAV Reconnaissance vehicle must accommodate a squad of six and an additional augmentee as required, for a total vehicle capacity of seven personnel. Four personnel conduct dismounted reconnaissance operations with combat equipment, while two crewmen operate the platform and sub-systems. The platform must carry all MTOE equipment and basic load plan for sustained 72 hour operations. The platform must facilitate rapid ingress/egress of the dismounted squad from vehicle under the cover of the primary and secondary armament.
Rationale: The RSTA Squadron must maintain continuous surveillance of all assigned NAIs within the IBCT sector with scouts, ground sensors, counter-intelligence assets, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). It must sustain reconnaissance and surveillance operations over extended areas with exposed interior lines up to seventy-two (72) hours. The platform must have the capability to accommodate an additional person such as linguists or interpreters to facilitate HUMINT operations. The RSTA Squadron must operate by stealth throughout the IBCT footprint and employ HUMINT assets and counterintelligence experts to gain superior situational understanding of the threat environment, enabling the IBCT commander to employ the main body for decisive operations at his choosing.
(3) The MAV Reconnaissance vehicle must possess the same armament as the MAV Infantry Carrier (ICV).
Rationale: In order to maximize commonality throughout the Interim Brigade Combat Team (IBCT), the Reconnaissance Vehicle will be based on the MAV IC configuration. Throughout the IBCT area of operations, the primary mission of the Recce Platform is to conduct multi-functional and multi-dimensional reconnaissance, focusing on the threatís centers of gravity and concentrating on specific Named Areas of Interest (NAIs). With this mission profile, the armament of the platform will be used in a defensive role only, enabling the platform to provide suppressive fires in order to disengage from direct combat, as well as leveraging its on-board smoke capability.
(4) The MAV Reconnaissance vehicle must possess the capability to host, integrate, and fully employ the Long Range Advanced Scout Surveillance System (LRAS3), with no degradation of established performance parameters.
Rationale: The long range capability of the LRAS3 will exponentially enhance the situational awareness within the Brigade area of operations by providing scouts with the ability to conduct extended surveillance of assigned Named Areas of Interest (NAIs). While conducting route, area and zone reconnaissance and surveillance operations; the scout will employ the LRAS3 to initially detect, recognize, and identify potential targets outside of the threatís detection range. This capability will empower the Reconnaissance vehicle to be the "hunter" to guide and/or direct others to "kill", employing precision munitions.
5. Program Support.
6. Force Structure. Projected Army initial requirement is for 54 vehicles per brigade for a total force requirement of 270 systems.
8. Program Affordability.