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M10 Booker MPF


 

M10 Booker MPF

Mobile Protective Firepower 105mm armored vehicle Light Tank - United States

 
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Description

The M10 Booker formerly known as the Mobile Protective Firepower (MPF) is a new tracked combat vehicle of the U.S. Army which was designed and developed by the American company GDLS (General Dynamics Land Systems) to enhance the combat capabilities of the U.S. Army Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT). The IBCT is one of the main types of brigade-sized units, designed to be highly mobile and flexible, and it's the basic deployable unit of maneuver in the U.S. Army. In 2016, it was reported by defense news outlets that the Army was keen on creating a light ground combat vehicle to maintain the relevance of Infantry Brigade Combat Teams (IBCTs) during extensive combat operations against a comparable adversary. Initially dubbed a "Light Tank", U.S. Army representatives christened the novel concept as the Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) to discourage troops from treating it like a traditional tank and using it in a similar fashion to the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank (MBT). The MPF's evolution presents a chance to fill a capabilities void left by the retirement of the M551 Sheridan Armored Reconnaissance/Airborne Assault Vehicle (AR/AAV). Despite its technical flaws, the M551 was greatly appreciated for its robust operational abilities. In June 2023, the U.S. Army announced the award of a $1.14 billion contract to GDLS for the production and fielding of up to 96 MPF vehicles. The U.S. Army Acquisition Objective (AAO) for MPF is 504 vehicles, with 14 MPFs per IBCT. The targeted fielding for the First Unit Equipped (FUE) is Fiscal Year (FY) 2025. On June 26, 2023, GDLS was awarded a $257,602,312 contract modification on June 26, 2023, for M10 Booker 105mm tracked combat vehicle low-rate initial production.

M10 Booker MPF variants:

- No variants at this time. 


Technical Data

Armament
The main armament of the M10 Booker MPF consists of one 105mm cannon based on the American M35 and a 7.62mm machine gun mounted coaxially. The 105mm cannon can fire APDS (Armour-Piercing Discarding Sabot) and HE (High Explosive) rounds with a maximum firing range of 1.8 km for APDS and 4 km for HE. The APDS is a type of spin-stabilized kinetic energy projectile for anti-armor warfare. The main gun is loaded manually. One 12.7mm heavy machine gun is mounted on the commander hatch. Two banks of four smoke grenade launchers are mounted on each side at the front of the turret.
Design and protection
The design of the M10 Booker MPF light tank is conventional with the driver and engine at the front and the turret located at the rear of the hull. The turret accommodates a crew of three including a commander, gunner, and loader. The turret architecture is based on the M1 Abrams tank using the M1A2 Sep V3 fire control system and CITV (Commander's Independent Thermal Viewer). The vehicle incorporates components and systems from the ASCOD armored tracked vehicle platform fully designed and developed by GDELS (General Dynamics European Land Systems). The M10 Booker vehicle is fitted with additional armor panels and under-vehicle protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs). For the safety of the crew, it also incorporates a tested compartmentalization system for ammunition storage.
Mobility
The M10 Booker MPF is powered by a state-of-the-art MTU diesel engine developing 800 hp and Allison transmission system, offering a superb power-to-weight ratio and hydro-pneumatic suspension. This grants soldiers exceptional speed and adaptability in cross-country navigation. It can run at a maximum road speed of 65 km/h and has a maximum road range of 305 km (190 miles) and can operate for 24 hours off the ramp or on arrival at the drop zone. It can move over steep hills, valleys, cities, and rivers. The vehicle is fitted with the Allison 3040 MX™ cross-drive transmission system, specifically engineered to facilitate propulsion, steering, and braking in medium-tracked combat vehicles. The M10 Booker is equipped with a hydro-pneumatic suspension developed by the company Horstman Group that uses high-pressure nitrogen gas and an integral oil damper that are all contained within the road arm. The suspension consists on each side of six road wheels, a drive sprocket at the front, and the idler at the rear.
Combat Equipment
The M10 Booker MPF is equipped with the Safran Optics 1’s PASEO Commander’s Independent Tactical Viewer (CITV) long-range panoramic targeting sight. It increases the situational awareness capabilities of armored and surveillance vehicles in all combat scenarios (stationary and on-the-move) even at high speeds. It is an advanced panoramic sight to improve the survivability and fighting capabilities of IFV (Infantry Fighting Vehicles) and MBT (Main Battle Tanks).

Specifications

Armament Armor
One 105mm cannon, one 7.62mm coaxial machine, and one 12.7mm machine gun Protection against the firing of small arms, artillery shell splinters, and IEDs (Improvised Explosive Devices)
Country users Weight
United States 38,000 kg
Designer Country Speed
United States 65 km/h
Combat Equipment Range
Computerized firing control system, panoramic sight, day and night vision, NBC protection system 305 km
Crew Dimensions
4 Length: ? m; Width: ? m; Height: ? m

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