Here’s a program that doesn’t seem to be a boondoggle: the Joint Light Tactical Vehicle outperforms its predecessor in the performance measures proven vital in combat: protection and mobility. And the troops seem to like it, if these interviews which appear to have taken place at the annual Association of the US Army (AUSA) show are anything to judge by.
Thanks to Our Traveling Reporter, who is traveling (as usual) and wrangling with the Dreaded French Language (which is something new), for the link.
The biggest beef we have with any of these spam cans is that you lose situational awareness while you’re in there. The Army is working on technology to get you a visual picture of your surroundings, an enhanced visual picture (drawing from everybody’s sensors so you can see through obstacles and observe things not in your line of sight), but you lose the three-dimensional and time-domain grasp of sound, smell and sensation. There’s a reason that tank commanders always risk their necks up and out of their hatches until the lead pollution, DU defilement, and VT-fuzed HE precipitation is about to get thick.
Of course, the GIs are perfectly happy. They would like it to fly.
Maybe by century’s end?