MARINE CORPS WEAPONS & VEHICLES
2050. In future years, the M1A1 fleet will undergo modifications
necessary to maintain combat relevance and readiness. The
M1A1 Abrams’ latest generation of upgrades include: Stabilized
Commander’s Weapon Station; Abrams Suspension Upgrade;
Ammunition Data Link; Generation IV Abrams Ammunition
Rack; and the Abrams Integrated Display and Targeting System.
The MBT provides the MAGTF with the ability to attack,
disrupt and destroy enemy forces through precision long-range
direct fires, armor protection, shock effect and rapid maneuver.
These effects can be both physical and psychological. Tanks may
be task organized in close support of infantry units or employed
as a tank heavy task force to execute armored maneuver.
During stability operations, tanks create an unmatched
security presence. They enhance force protection and when
the situation unexpectedly changes, they provide ground commanders 24/7 firepower, lethality, mobility and shock. The
M1A1s will remain in service through 2050 and planned and
future upgrades will ensure battlefield dominance of future
threats and challenges.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . General Dynamics Land Systems
INTERNALLY TRANSPORTABLE VEHICLE (ITV)
BRIEFING: The ITV is a highly mobile, weapons-capable,
light-strike platform that can support a variety of operations.
The ITV provides MAGTF ground combat units with a vehicle
transportable in the MV- 22 tiltrotor aircraft, CH-53E/K and
CH- 47 rotary-wing aircraft. It also provides reconnaissance
units equal or greater mobility than the MAGTF maneuver elements they support, thereby enhancing mission performance
and survivability. The ITV allows MAGTF commanders to take
maximum advantage of the speed and range offered by the
MV- 22, CH-53E/K and CH- 47 aircraft by deploying ground
units equipped with highly mobile light-strike vehicles armed
with heavy or medium machine guns.
The Marine Corps fielded two ITV variants: the Light
Strike Vehicle (LSV) and the Prime Mover (PM). The ITV LSV
replaced the Interim Fast Attack Vehicle that was fielded in
the mid-1990s. The ITV PM is the designated prime mover
for the 120mm towed mortar and M1164 ammunition trailer.
The Marine Corps completed fielding the ITV to the operating
forces in 2012. The current Marine Corps approved acquisition
objective for the ITV is 266 LSVs and 145 PMs.
CONTRACTOR: . . . . . . . . . . General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems
ASSAULT BREACHER VEHICLE (ABV)
BRIEFING: The ABV is a tracked combat engineer vehicle
designed to provide deliberate and in-stride breaching capability of minefields and complex obstacles for the Ground
Combat Element of the MAGTF. The ABV combines crew protection and vehicle survivability with the speed and mobility
to keep pace with the maneuver force. The ABV is based on
the M1 Abrams tank chassis and operated by a two-man crew.
ABVs were first employed in combat operations in Afghanistan
in December 2009, where they proved their worth by breaching enemy improvised explosive device (IED) belts.
ABV components include a specifically designed turret,
a full-width mine plow, combat dozer blade, surface mine
plow, rapid ordnance removal system, two M58A4 linear
demolition charges, a lane-marking system and a .50-caliber
machine gun. The full-width mine plow, combat dozer blade,
rapid ordnance-removal system and surface mine plow are
blade attachments that provide the capability to conduct route
clearance, perform lane proofing during an assault breach and
support military operations on urban terrain.
CON TRAC TOR: . . . . . . . . . . General Dynamics Land Systems
SUPPORT AND LOGISTICS VEHICLES
MEDIUM TACTICAL VEHICLE
BRIEFING: The MTVR replaced the Vietnam-era 5-ton trucks
with commercial automotive technology. The unarmored MTVR
has an increased payload of 7. 1 tons off-road and 15 tons
on-road, a high-performance suspension, traction control,
central tire inflation system, automatic transmission and corrosion technology upgrades.
There are several variants of the MTVR for different tasks,
including a cargo variant in both standard and extended-length
wheel base (XLWB) configurations, dump truck, wrecker and
tractor. The dump and wrecker variants maintain maximum
commonality with the basic MTVR cargo chassis while performing unique missions. The tractor variant serves as the
prime mover for the Marine Corps’ Mk 970 5,000-gallon aviation and bulk-haul refueling trailer. The Navy also uses MTVR
vehicles for construction battalion (Seabee) operations. The
HIMARS resupply vehicle is an MTVR XLWB cargo variant that
was procured with an associated trailer as part of the HIMARS
artillery resupply system.
MTVR armor provides 360-degree protection as well as
overhead and underbody protection for the crew compartment. MTVR armor protects against small-arms fire, IEDs
and mines. It includes upgraded suspension, air conditioning
system, removable armored personnel carrier (with ballistic
glass) for cargo variants, machine gun mounts and the Marine
Corps Transparent Armor Gun Shield. The armor is a permanent modification to the vehicle. The “reducible height” armor
ASSAULT BREACHER VEHICLE WITH M1A1 ABRAMS MAIN BAT TLE TANKS