posted on Aug, 8 2005 @ 04:54 AM
This is a very interesting idea. I think i'll throw a little something together and post what I come up with.
You'll probably hear from me soon. I love this stuff and I move pretty quick on it.
Edit to remove unrealistic idea.
[edit on 8-8-2005 by The Vagabond]
Second edit to add ideas so far. I've pretty much gone old-school with this force, relying heavily on modifcations of the M-113 with the vision of a
highly cost-effective force. When I think military I rarely have the US in mind simply because I consider that cheating- we're doing half of the
world's defense spending. I was thinking more along the lines of regional powers in North Africa and the Middle East who might want to be able to
project a highly lethal, highly cost effective force to keep their neck of the woods nice and quiet.
I'm by no means finished, but what I invision is a small, agile military focused primarily on fighting under a strictly manuever based doctrine.
Breaching enemy lines by surprise and mobility to destroy their support structure, and being able to surprise, close with, and destroy tanks at close
range is what I had in mind.
The backbone of this force is going to be a corps of mechanized infantry units most of the batallions in which will be organized as follows:
2 Infantry Companies consisting of 16 modified M-113 Ultras (Ultra being singapore's modernized version armed with a 25mm Bushmaster Chaingun).
1 Support Company consisting of 4 M-1064 Mortar Carriers, 2 M981 Fire Support Vehicles, 2 M163 Vulcan Air Defense Systems, and 3 M548 Load Carriers
(for carrying ammo and fuel to sustain operations during breakthrough operations), and 1 M577 Command Vehicle
Two key modifications would be made to the M-113 Ultra. 1. A diesel-electric hybrid engine. 2. It's height would be reduced from 2.5m to 2m. This
would be made possible by modifying the infantry compartment so that the floor lowered to ground level when the hatch was opened, restoring the
compartment to roughly standard height so that the infantry could exit quickly. This is designed both to cut down on target area and weight, thus
adding fuel range.
The infantry in these vehicles are organized into 6 man fire teams capable of independent operation or cooperation with a partnered fireteam as a
squad. They carry the M16A2 (M249 SAW for base of fire). I was tempted to go with the Rk-62 (a very accurate AK clone made in Fiinland), but 7.62x39
isn't really a great round anyway and ammo capacity and interchangability is too important.
So there we have the first element of what I am designing.
A considerable amount remains just to complete this corps. Obviously division and regiment artillery is still lacking, as is close air support and
logistical infrastructure. I'm also planning to give this corps an armored division.
Beyond that you can expect the rest of the force to be more mainstream, probably former soviet hardware more than anything else. (You've got to
remember that I'm thinking cost effective here- years of playing Super Power has taught me that if you can't build them and build them relatively
quick, your enemies will have made them obsolete before your force is even built. It's also taught me that you don't have to be top of the line in
every department when you're in the 3rd world.)
I will share one more thing with you quickly. The tank I have in mind tries out an idea that has intrigued me quite a bit. I'm thinking along the
lines of a modified T-72, again for cost and aquirability reasons inherent to the type of nation I am designing for.
It is designed to work behind a thermal screen which would blind enemy thermal viewers. The screen would likely be deployed in the form of a white
phosphorus or napalm artillery round or missile which could be used to create fires on the battlefield, especially on a heavily vegitated one. The
tank however would have its own UAV, probably helicopter-like in design, which could feed targeting information to the tank despite the thermal screen
between the tanks on the ground (this could also keep the tank competitive as laser technology for defeating thermal imaging becomes feasible for
As an additional compliment to the UAV, the tank would have a high verticle barrel angle, allowing it to fire a laser guided round from cover.
[edit on 8-8-2005 by The Vagabond]