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Light Mechanized Sappers (Airborne)

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  • 1. Light Mechanized Sapper Company (Airborne) What You Should Take Away from this Briefing: U.S. Army Forced-entry forces need an ArmoredCombat Engineer capability to succeed againstenemy Surveillance Strike Complexes A forced-entry Armored Combat Engineercapability could be quickly created using existingpersonnel & equipment Costs to create this capability are small as mostlogistics supports are already in place This is an urgent national strategic priority that 1has to be acted on immediately
  • 2. 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
  • 3. Bird’s Eye view: even a Short Take-Offand Landing (STOL) strip is a large areafor ground forces to secure and clear forairlanding
  • 4. Army Sappers 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
  • 5. M113A3 Engineer Squad Vehicle: light tracked armored vehicle in U.S. Army service todayM113A3 ESVs leadway into Bosnia FM 7-7Goes U.S. Army Europe Immediate Reactionanywhere! Force uses C-130 airlanded M113A3s
  • 6. M113 Proven in combat; on duty today all over the world by free world armies...Lebanon PanamaEast Timor Vietnam Iraq
  • 7. M113A3 ESV Armor Protects Sappers from enemythreats in order to accomplish the mission Tracks not stopped by fires
  • 8. M113A3 ESV tracked mobility delivers Sappersrapidly/safely to clear large open areas; can pushaside, crush large vehicle-emplaced obstacleswithout time-consuming hand reduction (dozerblade and bump guards can be fitted)
  • 9. Current Light Airborne Combat Engineers DO MICLIC onM200 tracked NOT HAVE A WAY TO SAFELY FIRE THEIR trailer MICLIC/EMSC “Mongoose” mine clearing charges! Armored M113A3 ESVs can tow, then fire rocket line charges for Airborne LightHMMWV trucks Mechanized Sappers! MICLICDump trucksFMTV trucksSappers on foot =No in-stridebreach capability! M113 ESV with MICLIC in Desert Storm combat!
  • 10. M113A3 ESV: 11-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
  • 11. Airborne-qualified Sappers on jump statusalready in place at Fort Bragg, North Carolinato employ M113A3 Engineer Squad Vehicles(ESVs) instead of rubber-tired, unarmoredHMMWVs: already successfully used at JRTC Airborne Sappers @JRTC with borrowed M113A3 ESV
  • 12. M113A3 ESV: 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
  • 13. M113A3 ESV: tracks off-road capable for boldcross-country movement to avoid enemySSC observation/fires, ambushes andsecure/clear key terrain for maneuver forcesYES! NO!Tow cable to trackedvehicle to pull LAV outof mud
  • 14. M113A3 ESV: amphibious capability forces entry across rivers/lakes Secures far side for safe Bridging under armored firepowerArmy maneuverforces cannot waiton near bank for acrossing underenemy SSC fires!We must forge aheadand secure the far ground!
  • 15. M113A3 ESV: Sappers situationally aware, ready-to-fire = force protection, mobility enabledFirepower underarmor the enemyis hard pressedto stop--allowsSappers to clearareas of mines,obstacles and enemy 360 degree security
  • 16. M113A3 ESV: plenty of space for CE equipment, supplies, troop gear and a full Sapper squad Extra space LGH behind spall linersSappers dismount with allnecessary gear to accomplishmission--no rummaging for gearstrapped to outside
  • 17. M113A3 ESV: applique armor proof against small-arms fire, RPGs, autocannon and shrapnel: keeps on going, gets Sappers to their objective M113A3 LAV-IIIM113A3 ESV: Harder to hit
  • 18. M113A3 ESV: UPGRADES C4I Band-Tracks Remote gun station FLIR camouflageRollers/plows to clear obstacles
  • 19. Designated M113A3 ESVs: Twin TOW ATGMlauncher/.50 cal HMG pedestal provides buildingand bunker-busting capability in MOUT withHEP or FAE round, anti-tank self-defense
  • 20. ...or Bradley 25mm/7.62mm/TOW 2-manturrets can be fitted to designated M113A3/4ESVs to provide bunker-busting fire: stilltransportable in C-130 aircraft
  • 21. Another option: 25mm/7.62mm pedestal gunwith TOW ATGM launcher for building/bunker-busting capability Singapore Armed Forces M113 ULTRA
  • 22. ASP-30 30mm Autocannon Mounts on existing AFVsLethal to enemy troops,vehicles, aircraft, buildings Shoots same ammo as Gas-operated, Easy to AH-64 Apache, AV-8B maintain, clean, assemble, Harrier II dissassemble
  • 23. JAVELIN FIRE/FORGET FLIR MISSILE Kills all tanks“Fire & Forget”: by top-attackmissiles guides to 2 KMitself to targetusing infared Command Launch Unit is FLIR Destroys thermal buildings, imager bunkers, capable of aircraft by detecting direct- enemy heat No backblast firing attack if signatures signature selected
  • 24. Light Mechanized Sapper Company (Airborne) U.S. Army Forced-entry forces need an M113A3 EngineerSquad Vehicle Armored Combat Engineer capability tosucceed against enemy Surveillance Strike Complexes The M113A3 ESV forced-entry Armored Combat Engineercapability can be created quickly using existing personnel &equipment Costs to create a Light Mechanized Sapper Company(Airborne) with M113A3 ESV forced-entry armored CEcapability are small since logistics support/expertise arealready in place at Ft. Bragg The LMS (A) Company is an urgent national strategicpriority that should be created immediately 24

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