Dragoon Squadron (Airborne)   A Proposal to Provide Provide All  Weather Armor Support, Anti-Armor  and Assault Fire Suppo...
Purpose• To provide a replacement for firepower  and mobility lost by the retirement of the  M551 Sheridan Armored Reconna...
U.S. Army XVIII Airborne Corps must be able to rapidlyair-deploy anywhere in the world to overcome enemySurveillance Strik...
Bird’s Eye view: even a Short Take-Offand Landing (STOL) strip is a large areafor ground forces to secure and clear forair...
Army Airborne must clear a                   The Threatslarge open-area, minimally 3,000feet by 100 feet landing strip ofa...
M113A3 ACAV: light tracked armored                   vehicle in U.S. Army service todayM113A3s lead wayinto Bosnia        ...
M113 Proven in combat; on               duty today all over the world by               free world armies...Palestine/Leban...
M113A3 ACAV: 10.5-ton AFV easily    Airborne, rapidly deployable to anywhere in    the world by airdrop/airland           ...
Designate 1 Squadron of the 2nd ACR to bethe Dragoon Squadron (Airborne) withAirborne-qualified Dragoons/Scouts on jumpsta...
M113A3 ACAV: Air Assault transportable by         U.S. Army helicopters               Flies over enemy mines              ...
M113A3 ACAV Armor Protects Dragoons fromenemy threats in order to accomplish the mission                           Tracks ...
M113A3 ACAV tracked mobility delivers Dragoonsrapidly/safely to clear large open areas; can pushaside, crush large vehicle...
Mission• Provide All-Weather, Anti-Armor  protection, Assault fires, security, and  reconnaissance to the Airborne  Divisi...
Employment• The Dragoon Squadron may be employed  – As a organic, separate battalion for mounted    combat or combined wit...
Characteristics• Air-Transportable by C-130, C-17, C-141B or C-  5 fixed-wing aircraft• Air-liftable by CH-47D/F or CH-53E...
OrganizationDragoon Squadron (Airborne)                   1-2 Dragoons       82nd ABD                            HQ       ...
HQ Troop                                            HQ        1-2 DGNTAC CP            1-2 DGN HQ A           1-2 DGN HQ B...
HQ Troop Mission• Provide Command, Control, and  Service Support to the Battalion• Provide AT Fires for the Battalion• Pro...
Dragoon Troop                                 A             1-2 DGN                                           B           ...
Dragoon Troop Mission• Provide Anti-Armor protection, security,  and reconnaissance.• Close with and destroy enemy forces ...
Scout Troop                                            D       1-2 DGN  HQ           D        1        D          2       ...
Scout Troop Mission• Provide security, and stealthy  reconnaissance for the battalion.• Close with and destroy enemy force...
Manning - BN•HHC – 131•Dragoon Troops (3@105) - 315•Scout Troop – 96•BN Total - 542
Manning HHC TAC CP    BN CDR             O5   1    M113A3     BN XO             O4   1    M113A3     BN S-3            O4 ...
Manning HHC – HQ A/BHQ A       ASST S-3        O3   1    M113A3       ASST S-2        O3   1    M113A3       NBC OFF      ...
Manning HHC – Rear CP      S-4         O3   1    HMMWV      S-1         O3   1    HMMWV   PAC NCO        E7   1    HMMWV  ...
Manning HHC – CO HQCommander           O3   1   HMMWVExecutive Officer   O2   1   HMMWV1SG                 E8   1   HMMWVS...
Manning – HHC AT PLTPLT LDR            O2   1    HMMWVPlatoon Sergeant   E7   1    HMMWVVehicle            E6   4    HMMWV...
Manning HHC – Mort PLTPLT LDR            O2   1    HMMWVPlatoon Sergeant   E7   1    HMMWVDriver             E5   2    HMM...
Manning HHC – SPT PLT SPT PLT LDR        O2   1    HMMWV Platoon Sergeant   E7   1    HMMWV Transportation     E6   1    H...
Manning HHC – MED PLT BN Surgeon            O3   1    HMMWV Physicians Asst       O3   1    HMMWV Platoon Sergeant      E7...
Manning HHC – SIG PLTPLT LDR         O2   1   HMMWVComm Chief      E7   1   HMMWVSignalmen       E4   7   HMMWVSIG PLT Tot...
Manning HHC – Maint PLT Maintenance Officer      O2    1    HMMWV Platoon Sergeant         E7    1    HMMWV Auto Maintenan...
Manning – Dragoon                             Troop (3)HQCommander           O3       1    HMMWVExecutive Officer   O2    ...
Manning – Dragoon Platoons            (9)  Platoon Leader     O2   1    M113A3  Platoon Sergeant   E7   1    M113A3  Vehic...
Manning – Mortar Sections (3)   Section Leader   E6   1   M1064A3   Squad Leader     E6   1   M1064A3   Gunner           E...
Manning – Scout Troop HQ Commander           O3   1    HMMWV Executive Officer   O2   1    HMMWV 1SG                 E8   ...
Manning – Scout Platoons Platoon Leader     O2   1 (3)     HMMWV Platoon Sergeant   E7   1(3)      HMMWV Vehicle          ...
Manning – Scout Troop  MORT SECTIONSection Leader     E7   1    HMMWVPlatoon Sergeant   E6   1    HMMWVVehicle            ...
Equipment     • 73 x M113A3 ACAV     • Each vehicle:       – 1 x M2 Heavy Machine         Gun       – 2 x M240B Medium    ...
Equipment     • 10 x M1064A3       120mm SP Mortar     • Mounts mortar       sections of infantry       companies when    ...
Equipment     • 3 x M120 120mm       Towed Mortars
Equipment     • 4 x M806 Recovery       Vehicle based on       M113A3s
Equipment     • 42 x M1114 HMMWs       w/       –   42 x M2 .50 cal HMGs       –   6 x MK19 40mm AGLs       –   12 x TOW A...
Equipment     • 75 x Javelin ATGM     • Command Launch       units
Equipment     • 30 x M1078 LMTV     trucks     • 2 x M1089 Wrecker     FMTV trucks
Planned Upgrades            • 14.5mm,              30mm, RPG              resistant              applique’              ar...
Planned Upgrades: Scouts        • HMMWV w/M242          Bushmaster Turret          – Replace 6 x M1114            w/MK19s ...
Planned Upgrades: Anti-Tank         & Assault           • 12 x M8 Buford Armored             105mm Gun System light       ...
Planned Upgrades: Dragoons           • M113A3 w/M242             25mm and Vehicle             Mounted Javelin             ...
Presented by the Air-Mech-Strike Study Group          Non-profit veterans group    combatreform.org/AIR_MECH_STRIKE    Ple...
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Dragoon Squadron v4.0

  1. 1. Dragoon Squadron (Airborne) A Proposal to Provide Provide All Weather Armor Support, Anti-Armor and Assault Fire Support, Protected Maneuver, Shock Action and Mobility to the Airborne, Air Assault, and Light Infantry Divisions
  2. 2. Purpose• To provide a replacement for firepower and mobility lost by the retirement of the M551 Sheridan Armored Reconnaissance Air Assault Vehicle (AR/AAV) and cancellation of the M8 Buford Armored Gun System at minimum cost to the U.S. Army using the M113 Gavin originally known as the Airborne Multi-Purpose Vehicle Family (AM-PVF) to prevail in 21st full-spectrum operations against nation- state and sub-national enemies with or without surveillance strike systems
  3. 3. U.S. Army XVIII Airborne Corps must be able to rapidlyair-deploy anywhere in the world to overcome enemySurveillance Strike Complex observation/fires--must beable to clear Assault Landing Zones quickly andwithout casualties: Light tracked armored vehiclesneeded so decisive follow-on-forces can airland
  4. 4. Bird’s Eye view: even a Short Take-Offand Landing (STOL) strip is a large areafor ground forces to secure and clear forairlanding
  5. 5. Army Airborne must clear a The Threatslarge open-area, minimally 3,000feet by 100 feet landing strip ofall threats, obstacles andforeign objects so rubber-tiredaircraft can airland follow-on-forces in just 4 hours... Foot Soldiers vulnerable to enemy fires *Small-Arms fire *Mortars *Machine Guns *Grenade launchers *Artillery *Mines *Obstacles
  6. 6. M113A3 ACAV: light tracked armored vehicle in U.S. Army service todayM113A3s lead wayinto Bosnia FM 7-7Goes U.S. Army Europe Immediate Reactionanywhere! Force uses C-130 airlanded M113A3s
  7. 7. M113 Proven in combat; on duty today all over the world by free world armies...Palestine/Lebanon Panama East Timor Vietnam Iraq
  8. 8. M113A3 ACAV: 10.5-ton AFV easily Airborne, rapidly deployable to anywhere in the world by airdrop/airland airland airdropAll needed expertise ready at Fort Bragg and Pope AFB
  9. 9. Designate 1 Squadron of the 2nd ACR to bethe Dragoon Squadron (Airborne) withAirborne-qualified Dragoons/Scouts on jumpstatus at Fort Polk, Louisiana equippedprimarily M113A3 ACAVs: M113A3s alreadysuccessfully used by Airborne at JRTC Airborne Sappers @JRTC with borrowed M113A3 Airborne Partners
  10. 10. M113A3 ACAV: Air Assault transportable by U.S. Army helicopters Flies over enemy mines and ambushes to do CE operations on terrain of our choosing like British Army entered Kosovo in ‘99
  11. 11. M113A3 ACAV Armor Protects Dragoons fromenemy threats in order to accomplish the mission Tracks not stopped by fires
  12. 12. M113A3 ACAV tracked mobility delivers Dragoonsrapidly/safely to clear large open areas; can pushaside, crush large vehicle-emplaced obstacleswithout time-consuming hand reduction (dozerblade and bump guards can be fitted)
  13. 13. Mission• Provide All-Weather, Anti-Armor protection, Assault fires, security, and reconnaissance to the Airborne Division.• Close with and destroy enemy forces using fire, maneuver, and shock effect in digital coordination with other arms.• Mechanize up to one infantry battalion of the Airborne, Air Assault, or Light Division when required or act as a separate Cavalry unit
  14. 14. Employment• The Dragoon Squadron may be employed – As a organic, separate battalion for mounted combat or combined with up to an infantry battalion of dismounting infantry in offensive or defensive operations similar to a tank-mechanized infantry TF – As detached companies to brigades or battalions – As detached platoons to battalions or companies – to conduct mounted raids – by airdrop or air assault into a combat zone for forced-entry shock action to secure the airhead – Mobile Reserve for Commanders available from initial assault
  15. 15. Characteristics• Air-Transportable by C-130, C-17, C-141B or C- 5 fixed-wing aircraft• Air-liftable by CH-47D/F or CH-53E rotary-wing aircraft• Air-Droppable by LVAD parachutes• HHC has sufficient transport to move the HHC of a Airborne, Air Assault, or Light Infantry Battalion in addition to its own units.• Dragoon Troops have sufficient transport to mount an Airborne, Air Assault, or Light Infantry Company and collectively an entire Infantry Battalion
  16. 16. OrganizationDragoon Squadron (Airborne) 1-2 Dragoons 82nd ABD HQ 1-2 DGN A 1-2DGN B 1-2 DGN C 1-2 DGN D 1-2 DGN
  17. 17. HQ Troop HQ 1-2 DGNTAC CP 1-2 DGN HQ A 1-2 DGN HQ B 1-2 DGN REAR CP 1-2 DGN 4 x HMMWV 3 x HMMWV w/TLR 3 x HMMWV w/TLR 3 x HMMWV w/TLR 3 x M113A3 2 x M113A3 2 x M113A3 3 x M2 HMG 3 x Javelin ATGM 2 x M2 HMG 2 x M2 HMG 7 x M2 HMG 4 x M240B MMG 4 x M240B MMG 6 x M240B MMG CO HQ 1-2 DGN AT 1-2 DGN MORT 1-2 DGN 3 x HMMWV w/TLR 6 x HMMWV w/TOW 2 x HMMWV w/TLR 1x LMTV 6 x M240B MMG 4 x M1064A3 120mm Mortars 4 x M2 HMG 6 x M2 HMG SPT 1-2 DGN MED 1-2 DGN SIG 1-2 DGN MAINT 1-2 DGN 3 x HMMWV w/TLR 7 x HMMWV 3 x HMMWV w/TLR 2 x HMMWV w/TLR 19 x LMTV w/TLR 4 x M806 Recovery M113A3s 6 x LMTV w/TLR 2 x WRKR
  18. 18. HQ Troop Mission• Provide Command, Control, and Service Support to the Battalion• Provide AT Fires for the Battalion• Provide Indirect Fires for the Battalion
  19. 19. Dragoon Troop A 1-2 DGN B 1-2 DGN C 1-2 DGNHQ A MORT A 1 A 2 A 3 A4 x M113A3 2 x M1064A3 Mort 6 x M113A3 6 x M113A3 6 x M1131 x LMTV w/TLR 2 x M2 HMG 6 x Javelin ATGM 6 x Javelin ATGM 6 x Javelin1 x HMMWV 3 x M2 HMG 3 x M2 HMG 3 x M2 HMG2 x Javelin ATGM 3 x MK19 AGL 3 x MK19 AGL 3 x MK19 AGL6 x M2 HMG 12 x M240B MMG 12 x M240B MMG 12 x M240B MMG8 x M240B MMG 2LT – 1 2LT – 1 2LT – 1 SFC – 1 SFC – 1 SFC – 1 SSG –2 SSG –2 SSG –2 SGT – 2 SGT – 2 SGT – 2 CPL -2 CPL -2 CPL -2 SPC - 8 SPC - 8 SPC - 8
  20. 20. Dragoon Troop Mission• Provide Anti-Armor protection, security, and reconnaissance.• Close with and destroy enemy forces using fire, maneuver, and shock effect in coordination with other arms.• Mechanize up to one infantry company of the airborne, air assault, or light division when required
  21. 21. Scout Troop D 1-2 DGN HQ D 1 D 2 D 3 D MORT D3 x HMMWV w/M2 2 x HMWV w/M2 2 x HMWV w/M2 2 x HMWV w/M2 3 x HMMWV1 x LMTV (Supply SGT) 2 x HMMWV w/MK-19 2 x HMMWVw/MK19 2 x HMMWV w/MK19 3 x M120 MORT2 x Trailer 2 x HMMWV w/TOW 2 x HMMWV w/TOW 2 x HMMWV w/TOW 3 x M2 HMG2 x Javelin ATGM 4 x Javelin ATGM 4 x Javelin ATGM 4 x Javelin ATGM1x M2 MG
  22. 22. Scout Troop Mission• Provide security, and stealthy reconnaissance for the battalion.• Close with and destroy enemy forces using long range fires in coordination with other arms.• May be used to augment the Divisional Cavalry Squadron
  23. 23. Manning - BN•HHC – 131•Dragoon Troops (3@105) - 315•Scout Troop – 96•BN Total - 542
  24. 24. Manning HHC TAC CP BN CDR O5 1 M113A3 BN XO O4 1 M113A3 BN S-3 O4 1 M113A3 BN CSM E9 1 HMMWV ASST VEH CDR E6 3 M113A3Tracked Veh Driver E5 3 M113A3 Driver E4 4 HMMWV Gunner E4 6 M113A3 Total 20
  25. 25. Manning HHC – HQ A/BHQ A ASST S-3 O3 1 M113A3 ASST S-2 O3 1 M113A3 NBC OFF O2 1 HMMWV OPS SGM E9 1 HMMWV OPS NCO E6 1 M113A3 INTEL NCO E6 1 M113A3Tracked Veh Driver E5 2 M113A3 E4 3 HMMWV Total 11HQ B ASST S-3 O3 1 M113A3 ASST S-2 O3 1 M113A3 NBC NCO O2 1 HMMWV INTEL SGM E9 1 HMMWV OPS NCO E6 1 M113A3 INTEL NCO E6 1 M113A3 Tracked Veh E5 2 M113A3 Driver E4 3 HMMWV Total 11
  26. 26. Manning HHC – Rear CP S-4 O3 1 HMMWV S-1 O3 1 HMMWV PAC NCO E7 1 HMMWV Supply SGT E7 1 HMMWV Pers Staff NCO E6 1 HMMWV Legal Clerk E5 1 HMMWV Driver E4 3 HMMWV Clerk E4 3 HMMWV Total 11
  27. 27. Manning HHC – CO HQCommander O3 1 HMMWVExecutive Officer O2 1 HMMWV1SG E8 1 HMMWVSupply SGT E6 1 LMTVArmorer E4 1 LMTVNBC NCO E5 1 HMMWVDriver E4 3 HMMWVHQ Total 9
  28. 28. Manning – HHC AT PLTPLT LDR O2 1 HMMWVPlatoon Sergeant E7 1 HMMWVVehicle E6 4 HMMWVCommanderGunner E5 6 HMMWVDriver E4 6 HMMWVLoader E4 6 HMMWVAT PLT Total 24
  29. 29. Manning HHC – Mort PLTPLT LDR O2 1 HMMWVPlatoon Sergeant E7 1 HMMWVDriver E5 2 HMMWVSquad Leader E6 4 M1064A3Gunner E5 4 M1064A3Driver E4 4 M1064A3Loader E4 4 M1064A3MORT PLT Total 20
  30. 30. Manning HHC – SPT PLT SPT PLT LDR O2 1 HMMWV Platoon Sergeant E7 1 HMMWV Transportation E6 1 HMMWV Section Leader Driver E4 3 HMMWV Transportation E5 1 LMTV Section Sergeant Truck Driver E4 14 LMTV Ammo Handler E4 4 LMTV Food SVC SGT E7 1 LMTV Food SVC SGT E6 4 LMTV First Cook E5 5 LMTV Cook E4 5 LMTV SPT PLT Total 40
  31. 31. Manning HHC – MED PLT BN Surgeon O3 1 HMMWV Physicians Asst O3 1 HMMWV Platoon Sergeant E7 1 HMMWV Clinical Specialist E6 1 HMMWV Clinical Specialist E4 1 HMMWV SR Medic E5 4 HMMWV Medic E4 4 HMMWV MED PLT Total 13
  32. 32. Manning HHC – SIG PLTPLT LDR O2 1 HMMWVComm Chief E7 1 HMMWVSignalmen E4 7 HMMWVSIG PLT Total 9
  33. 33. Manning HHC – Maint PLT Maintenance Officer O2 1 HMMWV Platoon Sergeant E7 1 HMMWV Auto Maintenance Tech WO3 1 HMMWV CO MNT CHIEF E6 4 M806 Track Vehicle Mechanic E5 4 M806 Driver E4 4 M806 Mechanic E4 4 M806 HHC MAINT Chief E6 1 LMTV Wheeled Vehicle E5 1 LMTV Mechanic Tracked Vehicle E5 1 LMTV Mechanic Mechanic E4 2 LMTV BN RECOCERY SGT E5 1 M806 Recover Specialist E4 1 M806 Recover Specialist E4 2 Wrecker PLL Sergeant E6 1 LMTV PLL Clerk E4 5 LMTV Welder E4 2 LMTV Maintenance PLT Total 36
  34. 34. Manning – Dragoon Troop (3)HQCommander O3 1 HMMWVExecutive Officer O2 1 HMMWV1SG E8 1 HMMWVSupply SGT E6 1 LMTVArmorer E4 1 LMTVNBC NCO E5 1 HMMWVGunner E4 3 M113A3Driver E4 3 HMMWVHQ Total 12
  35. 35. Manning – Dragoon Platoons (9) Platoon Leader O2 1 M113A3 Platoon Sergeant E7 1 M113A3 Vehicle E6 4 M113A3 Commander ASST VEH CDR E5 2 M113A3 Tracked Vehicle E4 6 M113A3 DVR Gunner E4 12 M113A3 Total 26
  36. 36. Manning – Mortar Sections (3) Section Leader E6 1 M1064A3 Squad Leader E6 1 M1064A3 Gunner E4 2 M1064A3 Loader E4 2 M1064A3 Driver E4 2 M1064A3 Total 8
  37. 37. Manning – Scout Troop HQ Commander O3 1 HMMWV Executive Officer O2 1 HMMWV 1SG E8 1 HMMWV Supply SGT E6 1 LMTV Armorer E4 1 LMTV NBC NCO E5 1 HMMWV Gunner E4 3 M113A3 Driver E4 3 HMMWV HQ Total 12
  38. 38. Manning – Scout Platoons Platoon Leader O2 1 (3) HMMWV Platoon Sergeant E7 1(3) HMMWV Vehicle E6 4 (12) HMMWV Commander Driver E4 6(18) HMMWV Gunner E4 6(18) HMMWV Scout E4 6(18) HMMWV Total 24 (72)
  39. 39. Manning – Scout Troop MORT SECTIONSection Leader E7 1 HMMWVPlatoon Sergeant E6 1 HMMWVVehicle E6 1 HMMWVCommanderGunner E5 3 HMMWVLoader E4 3 HMMWVDriver E4 3 HMMWVTotal 12Unit Total 96
  40. 40. Equipment • 73 x M113A3 ACAV • Each vehicle: – 1 x M2 Heavy Machine Gun – 2 x M240B Medium Machine Gun – 1 x Javelin ATGM – 1 x AT4 rocket • Crew – Driver – Vehicle Commander – 2 x Gunners – Mounts up to 9 Additional Infantrymen when required
  41. 41. Equipment • 10 x M1064A3 120mm SP Mortar • Mounts mortar sections of infantry companies when required
  42. 42. Equipment • 3 x M120 120mm Towed Mortars
  43. 43. Equipment • 4 x M806 Recovery Vehicle based on M113A3s
  44. 44. Equipment • 42 x M1114 HMMWs w/ – 42 x M2 .50 cal HMGs – 6 x MK19 40mm AGLs – 12 x TOW ATGMs – Gunshields
  45. 45. Equipment • 75 x Javelin ATGM • Command Launch units
  46. 46. Equipment • 30 x M1078 LMTV trucks • 2 x M1089 Wrecker FMTV trucks
  47. 47. Planned Upgrades • 14.5mm, 30mm, RPG resistant applique’ armor on all M113A3s • 50+ mph Stealthy Band-Tracks • Infared camouflage
  48. 48. Planned Upgrades: Scouts • HMMWV w/M242 Bushmaster Turret – Replace 6 x M1114 w/MK19s – Replace 42 x M1114 w/M2 HMGs
  49. 49. Planned Upgrades: Anti-Tank & Assault • 12 x M8 Buford Armored 105mm Gun System light tanks E troop added when fielded • 6 x FOTT, EFOGM or LOSAT HMMWVs replaces 6 x TOW II ATGM HMMWVs in HHC for Fire&Forget (FOTT) or NLOS (EFOGM) or hypervelocity (LOSAT) fire capabilities
  50. 50. Planned Upgrades: Dragoons • M113A3 w/M242 25mm and Vehicle Mounted Javelin ATGM Launcher
  51. 51. Presented by the Air-Mech-Strike Study Group Non-profit veterans group combatreform.org/AIR_MECH_STRIKE Please direct comments/questions to: itsg@hotmail.comBG David L. Grange (Retired)LTC Mike K. Robel, AR, USARLTC John Cardwell, AR, USARLTC Richard D. Liebert, IN USARMAJ Allen A. Huber, AVTNLT Mike L. Sparks, IN USAREmery E. Nelson, CIV ANALYST

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