Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV)
1. General Description of Operational Capability.
a. Mission Area.
b. Operational and Organizational Concept.
(1) Engineers provide organic mobility, force protection and topographic support to the brigade combat team (IBCT). Their organizational design is optimized for mobility operations that enhance mounted maneuver and dismounted assault in all categories of terrain, to include the urban environment.
(2) The Engineer Squad Vehicle (ESV) will be fielded to Combat Mobility Platoons. The primary mission of the ESV is to provide the Engineer Squad with highly mobile, protected transport to decisive locations on the battlefield in support of the IBCT. The ESV provides the platform for the Engineer Company to provide the required mobility and limited countermobility support the IBCT.
3. Shortcomings of Existing Systems.
4. Capabilities Required.
a. System Performance.
(1) The MAV ESV is based on the ICV variant.
Rationale: The ESV is based on the ICV due to the close parallels of operational requirements between the two vehicles. The ESV is an organic vehicle to the IBCT maneuver formation and helps maximize commonality of the platform while simultaneously reducing the maintenance footprint and variety of logistics support.
(2) The following mission packages will be integrated into the ESV:
(a) Currently available obstacle neutralization systems (Full Width Blade, Lightweight Roller, VEMASID).
(b) Available and emerging mine detection devices (such as GSTAMIDS).
(c) Control device for remotely directed/robotic mine clearing system (power and on-board space claims).
Rationale: The Engineer element of the Brigade is designed to conduct mobility operations to maintain the momentum of the force. Engineers must be capable of creating lanes through obstacles (to include surface laid and buried minefields) to support rapid maneuver and self-extraction. Engineers must also be capable of rubble reduction to support maneuver, especially in a MOUT environment, until other engineer rubble clearance assets can be brought forward. The operational intent is to bypass obstacles when tactically feasible, utilize stand-off breaching systems where possible and only in an emergency situation utilize mechanical breaching systems that may put the ESV at risk. A system of manned and unmanned (robotics) sensors and clearance devices is required to fully meet this requirement. The ESV with its attachments provides a partial solution to this need, primarily for clearance of hastily emplaced mines on hard surfaces and rubble. The ESV will provide the means for Engineer squad to control future robotic based systems from the protection of the vehicle.
5. Program Support.
6. Force Structure. Projected Army initial requirement for is 45 ESVs. This will equip 5 Engineer company-size units with 9 ESVs each.
8. Program Affordability.