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FCS planners opt for heavier vehicles
By Joshua Kucera JDW Staff Reporter
The US Department of Defense (DoD) is close to making a final decision on whether to approve a design for the US Army's next-generation armoured vehicles. At issue are the manned ground vehicles of the army's Future Combat Systems (FCS), which were originally envisaged to be able to be transported by C-130 to land at unimproved airfields. However, Boeing, the lead systems integrator for FCS, has said that the vehicles will have to weigh 22,000 kg - about 5,000 kg more than the C-130 can carry - to meet all the army's lethality and survivability requirements.
US Army officials, including Chief of Staff General Peter Schoomaker and officials from Training and Doctrine Command (TRADOC), have recommended that the DoD accept that fact and aggressively pursue future transport options that might perform better than the C-130.
According to army documents obtained by JDW, service officials believe that would not slow down a build-up of forces in theatre.
, army officials studying the FCS transport problem have recommended aggressively pursuing next-generation airlift such as the Joint Heavy Lift aircraft and the AMC-X future cargo aircraft, according to the same documents.
Think of the psycological effect on the enemy if they saw the thing in my pic driving towards them.