U.S. Army To Test Israeli, Swedish Tanks in New Mexico
As part of its Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program, the U.S. Army plans to test Israeli and Swedish tanks this spring at White Sands Missile Range, N.M.
Specifically, the Army will take the Israeli Namer armored personnel carrier and the Swedish Combat Vehicle 90 (CV90), Col. Andrew DiMarco, GCV project manager, told reporters at the Association of the U.S. Army winter symposium in Fort Lauderdale, Fla.
The assessments are part of the Army’s look at existing vehicles that may meet the service’s need for a new infantry fighting vehicle.
A team from the Army’s Training and Doctrine Command has been in Israel for the last month doing user assessments of the Namer, which is built by General Dynamics Land Systems for the Israeli military, DiMarco said.
“We’ve gotten a lot of great insight into how the Israelis designed that particular [armored personnel carrier],” he said. The TRADOC team has also put U.S. soldiers in the vehicle to get a better sense of it, he added.
Next, the Army will bring the Namer to White Sands Missile Range for further training and a user assessment this spring.
Along with the Namer, the Army will try out the Swedish CV90, which is built by BAE Systems. It will also assess the Bradley M2A3 fighting vehicle, another BAE Systems vehicle, and the Stryker double-V-hull vehicle, built by General Dynamics.
The Army will also assess a Bradley without a turret, DiMarco said.
Other options the Army is considering include the German Puma infantry fighting vehicle. The Army wanted to bring the Puma to White Sands Missile Range this spring, but it did not work out in time, DiMarco said.
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