The Marine Corps is testing a new assault vehicle.

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  1. General Magnus

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    I can't see this thing outright replacing the current landing vehicles. If the prototype that's only maybe half the size of the projected version is already half the speed of what they're using now, what benefit would be gained by having an even slower, full size version that's weighed down both by its down foam treads and three multi-ton tanks? I'd think multiples of the current smaller landing craft instead of one that's as large as a typical McDonalds building is more efficent as the smaller ones would get there faster as opposed to the giant sitting duck holding everything.
     
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    I doubt they're planning to use this thing on anyone who can actually fire back. I mean, they're still using carriers. You also shouldn't underestimate either the sheer amount of goofy things a military tests or the use of military research as a masculinity booster for the people in charge.

    Remember that we live in the era of the F35. Whether a military program is actually any good at anything is irrelevant.
     
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    This should be the alt.mode HFTD Breacher should have had.
     
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    That looks like the tank from Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade.
    Only it doesn't have a bunch of Nazis getting punched out by Harrison Ford on it.
     
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    What this is a equipment deployment element, nothing more. It won't see direct front line combat, due to the fact it will be half the speed of a LCAC. This thing would be a massive target in the water, and unless you have confirmed air and water superiority, you risk it getting hit by a torpedo, missile etc.

    Anyone with a Man Portable Air Defense System (MANPADS) who knows how to arm the missile for ground attack could take this out from a decent distance.

    Neither Bot nor Con. Its a moving target.
     
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    Soooo they threw some tank treads on a Dday landing craft?
     
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    Isn't there a saying amongst the Marine's that on the 7th day when God rested the Marine's took over the world ?

    There's a reason why the Marine's are looked at as the Few and the Proud (and the baddest, in a good way....).
     
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    "On the 7th Day, when God rested, we overran his perimeter and stole the globe. We've been running the show ever since"

    As a former Marine and an Amphibious Assault Operator, this thing is a bastardization of Expeditionary Warfare. We had the opportunity to test out the EFV (AAAV at one point) and while that thing was bad ass and super fast, it field tested like a microwave in a blender. The AAV, while slow and not supremely armored, still puts up a hell of a fight and packs way more "crunchies" (grunts) in the back than anything they've come up with since. There's a reason the Corps still uses these things that were designed in 1970. And MetallicGrunt is right, that thing won't bring anything except the 4th and 5th wave of Marines and their gear to the beach. The beach will still be taken by Naval gunfire and AAVs with Marine infantry and LCACs loaded down with Soldiers.
     
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    As their cousins across the sea might say "Per Mare, Per Terram"


    OT: It does look more like a support vehicle than a front line combat one, is there a chance they'll adopt use of it or not bother?
     
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    Well, yes, and it's some pretty thorough propaganda. The only highly trained soldiers who don't think of themselves that way do so because their military culture isn't as bombastic.
     
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    How come I never got to do anything cool like that- Did some ops with the USMC in Iraq, but it also involved 19th SFG Group and the IA.
     
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    It's not just propaganda, it's in the history books. Nobody does Amphibious Warfare quite like us. No body besides our British counterparts have the same battle doctrine that we do.

    You missed out man. When I was in CONUS we did Amphibious landings all across the East Coast. Even had some Army dogs lined up on ships in LCACs. Soldiers don't like the water too much :p