Army Equipment Modernization Strategy

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Army Equipment Modernization Strategy

What is it?

The Army Equipment Modernization Strategy describes how the Army will modernize equipment to Win in a Complex World. The Army must be equipped to protect the homeland, foster security globally, project power and win. This strategy seeks to simplify systems, maximize reliability and reduce logistical demands and life cycle costs. The Army will invest in and deliver future-force capabilities to maintain overmatch against increasingly capable and determined adversaries. Vital modernization efforts will be balanced with end strength and readiness to mitigate mid-term risk.

What is the Army doing?

The Army Equipment Modernization Strategy nests with the Army Operating Concept to enable leaders to focus resources to maintain strategic and operational flexibility. Equipment modernization allows for an agile and more expeditionary Army to provide globally responsive and regionally engaged forces demonstrating unambiguous resolve. The objectives are to Enhance the Soldier for Broad Joint Mission Support, Enable Mission Command, and Remain Prepared for Joint Combined Arms Maneuver. To achieve these objectives, the Army must adapt current equipment and use commercially available technologies in the near-term (2016-2020) to meet current operational needs. The Army must evolve to increase the expeditionary capabilities of the force and address challenges to overmatch in the mid-term (2021-2029). Finally, the Army must innovate by investment in science and technology for affordable solutions, which provide asymmetrical advantages for the long-term (2030-2045). To mitigate risk in the uncertain fiscal environment, the Army will sustain Science and Technology investments, leverage current fleets, build new only by exception and delay the next generation of platforms until they are affordable.
 

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Bigger motor, punchier warhead sought in Army's new long-range missile

Posted: October 23, 2015


The Army believes a new program is needed for
developing a missile that can travel 499 kilometers, just up to the limit of a
landmark, Cold War-era arms control treaty.

That is the conclusion -- somewhat foregone, as a
formal analysis of alternatives is not quite finished -- propagated by key
officials earlier this month at the annual convention of the Association of the
United States Army in Washington. Among the alternatives considered by the
service was restarting production of the Army Tactical Missile System, or
ATACMS, and upgrading it with higher-performing components.

The Lockheed Martin-made weapon is listed by the
Army as having a range of up to 300 kilometers. Service officials recently set
their sights on a missile that can reach targets further away. The thinking is
partly based on the projection that long-distance arms will be crucial to
overcoming the defenses of enemies more militarily powerful than the guerrilla
combatants faced by U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

"At the end of the day, you can only upgrade a
system so much," said Brig. Gen. Neil Thurgood, the project executive officer
for missiles and space. "Beyond its basic design, the ATACMS has a shape, form,
fit and function, and the laws of physics are just going to take over," he
added. Exactly where the tradeoff lies between motor capacity and warhead size
is a key consideration in missile design, where weight and size represent major
constraints.

"ATACMS has done a great job for what we needed it
to do," Thurgood said. The service now wants to "get out there further" while
still being able to "kill what you need . . . to kill." According to the
impending analysis of alternatives, which is "about to be completed" and
approved by the Pentagon's cost assessment and program evaluation office, the
legacy missile could not be modernized for the new distance requirement, he
said.

Col. Chris Mills, project manager for precision
fire rocket and missile systems, said additional requirements also played a
role in steering the Army toward a completely new program. One of them has to
do with the ability to deploy "more missiles more quickly" to be fired from the
M270 Multiple Launch Rocket System, he said.

The upper-range limit of the new missiles is
defined by the Intermediate-Range Nuclear Forces Treaty, signed in 1987 by U.S.
President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary Mikhail Gorbachev of the Soviet
Union. The pact forbids the development and fielding of ground-launched weapons
with ranges between 500 and 5,500 kilometers.

Washington officials last year accused Russia of
violating the treaty, reportedly because of tests of the R-500 Iskander cruise
missile. The episode had some hawkish Republicans in Congress itching for the
United States to walk away from the agreement.

According to fiscal year 2016 budget documents
published early this year, the Army's analysis of alternatives originally was
to be finished in March. That schedule had the service find two vendors during
FY-16 to compete for design work and risk-reduction studies.

Thurgood characterized the upcoming program as a
"traditional acquisition," inviting industry to ready potential offerings. --
Sebastian Sprenger
 

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I blogged about this years ago already

http://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.de/2009/11/tacair-of-future.html
http://defense-and-freedom.blogspot.de/2010/07/first-week-of-peer-vs-peer-air-war.html

I doubt that the published ATACMS range is correct, it's likely a bit longer. The same is almost certainly true for LORA, an Israeli missiles that's military off-the-shelf.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/LORA_%28missile%29
http://www.military-today.com/missiles/lora.htm
https://youtu.be/l0I6rLbz_Lc?t=1m32s
http://www.deagel.com/Ballistic-Missiles/LORA_a001920001.aspx
http://missilethreat.com/missiles/lora/
http://defense-update.com/products/l/lora.htm
http://www.iai.co.il/Sip_Storage//FILES/3/41273.pdf

440 kg warhead and 280 or 300 km published range
The real figure with a 500 lbs warhead would likely be in excess of 400 km.
 

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http://warontherocks.com/2015/11/precision-guided-weapons-come-to-the-infantry/?utm_source=WOTR+Newsletter&utm_campaign=a040f8aece-WOTR_Newsletter_8_17_158_15_2015&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_8375be81e9-a040f8aece-82917021
 

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http://www.army.mil/article/158453/

New type of rocket assisted projectile
 

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http://defense-update.com/20151210_perm.html#.Vmo5AP90zMo

Raytheon, IMI to Provide Guided Bombs for Marine Corps Mortars
 

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http://www.waaytv.com/redstone_alabama/missiles-helicopters-and-cyber-security-its-been-a-busy-year/article_7327bcbe-a409-11e5-b4c0-4b3d2e0ec73c.html
 

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It sounds like LORA can now be sold as "Combat proven", based on what's happening in Armenia/Azerbaijan.
 

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