Armor & Mobility

SEP-OCT 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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The U.S. Army's current Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) entered service in January 1996 and includes a variety of trucks and trailers based on a common chassis. The Army's FMTVs enable Soldiers to accomplish a wide range of missions transporting equipment, ammunition, personnel, and other supplies in 2.5-ton and 5-ton capacity vehicles. Collectively, the FMTV fleet of cargo vehicles, cargo vans, prime movers, wreckers, Load Handling System (LHS)-equipped vehicles, and dump trucks performs more than 55% of the Army's local, line haul, and unit resupply missions in combat, combat support, and combat service support units. The Light Medium Tactical Vehicle (LMTV) fleet includes cargo and van models with a 2-1/2-ton capacity. The Medium Tactical Vehicle (MTV) fleet has a 5-ton capacity, and MTV models consisting of cargo, tractor, van, wrecker, load handling system, and dump truck variants. Sub-variants also provide an air drop capability for contingency and rapid deployment operations, and a fleet-wide focus on commonality between variants significantly reduces operation and maintenance costs. Recent contingency operations drove an increased need for crew survivability and electrical power to support a growing network of important systems. Yet the current FMTV fleet wasn't designed for all of the additional weight or power demand, and upgrades and improvements are pushing the limits of its performance envelope. The FMTV fleet's capacity to accept further operational enhancements without payload reduction and/or performance degradation is limited, and so the Army is investigating changes to ensure its continued ability to support future operations. Relevancy in Today's Operational Environment Once upon a time, a truck was simply a truck, but that grows less true every year. Particularly as communication networks, sensors, and other new technologies become essential systems, our trucks' character has changed too. Our challenge is to evolve the FMTV so that it remains a viable resource on the battlefield—balancing requirements MOVING AN ARMY A recent visit by the Product Manager for Medium Tactical Vehicles LTC Frank Bridges observing a fielding of FMTV to the Army Reserve. (Army) The evolution of the U.S. Army's Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles (FMTV) has seen critical modifications in keeping a key component of its ground vehicle capability relevant and ready. By LTC Frank D. Bridges, Product Manager Medium Tactical Vehicles www.tacticaldefensemedia.com 8 | Armor & Mobility September/October 2016 GROUND TACTICAL UPDATE: FMTV

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