In recent evaluation economical control of the U.S. Congress placed the weight of future substitution outdated military machine Bradley. Substitution is 1.3 times heavier than the tank M1A1 Abrams, and 1.8 times heavier Russian T-90 tank.
Newcomer South American infantry fighting vehicle GCV will weigh 84 tons and a record will be the heaviest armored vehicle on the battlefield the coming future.
Unusually large weight explained Please provide a very high level of protection against attacks. Yet, even with the enormous weight, GCV will initially rely not on the thickness of the steel, and electromechanical sverhtehnologichny active protection system.
GCV protection will be provided the principle of «onions», in which specific armor will be the last line of defense. It is understood that the main security features: premature detection of potentially unsafe purpose, proactive fire, jamming system, Active Protection System, shoot down missiles or anti-tank grenade. Only then stepped in armor detaining Rockets broke through the defense. It is also the introduction of laser missile defense systems, «smart» dynamic protection and bots.
Purchases GVC scheduled to begin in 2018. It is planned to purchase more than 1,800 armored vehicles at a cost of about $ 13 million apiece and change them more than 40% of the park BMP Bradley. BMP GCV will be able to carry 9 fighters plus crew and will be very protected in all projections, including the roof.
Greater weight will be a big problem GCV for military logistics and engineering troops. Transport such a huge and languid car will be very difficult, and it will provide massive throughput engine and wide tracks, which increases operating costs. On the other hand, powerful protection lowers the right amount of BMP and significantly reduces the loss of personnel, experience has proved that the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.