The use of hard body-armour is particularly suited to E&P troopers. In fact they may use even more substantial protection than the Lorica that I have suggested. A truck-mounted trooper may have a ceramic curaiss covered by a layer of soft-armour to catch fragments and reduce spall. At the side of the curaiss would be folding legs like those of a machine gun bipod that will take the armour’s weight when he is seated. Down by the kidneys would be a quick release hose connection that pumps air from the vehicle’s air conditioning or heating system.
Carlton Meyer has suggested the idea of Kevlar Overcoats for vehicle crews. These could be made more comfortable by connecting them to the vehicle environmental systems as has already been suggested. These garments are likely to resemble the long robes of brigantine armour used in ancient China.
The dismounted combat operations most likely for E&P troops are establishing a defensive perimeter when the convoy is halted and counter-attacking ambush sites. While the latter may require the soldier to move fast, it is unlikely to be for an extended duration. Also the weight of the armour is somewhat offset by the fact that the E&P soldier only needs to carry combat-related gear. Food, shelter items and most of his water can be left on his parent vehicle.
Rather than 25mm cannon it makes more sense to arm the armoured cars with the same 30mm weapons used on the trucks. An alternate idea worth considering is to equip these vehicles with turreted 60mm or 81mm gun-mortars, giving the force an increased direct and indirect-fire capability.V150 Photos
The ASV may be an alternative system. Another is the Ridgeback Road Security Vehicle that I have proposed.
I’d also like to see the weapons platoon equipped with some form of self-propelled ADA system such as HMMWV Avenger or an armoured car mounting a Blazer turret (25mm Gatling and Stingers).
On both these systems the Stinger pods can be replaced by Hydra 70mm FFAR rocket pods that can be used in a surface to surface or ground to air role.
Trailer-mounted weapons like the 20mm Vulcan can be carried on the back of a flatbed truck to provide defensive firepower on the move.
The lead of a convoy would be taken by a truck pushing a rig of mine rollers and detection gear. The pusher vehicle would not carry an infantry squad but would have extra mine protection and armament.
Ralph’s truck-based TOE is very suitable for domestically-based units such as the National Guard. Rather than two six-man fire teams a squad might instead be three four-man quads, each fielding a SAW and underbarrel grenade-launcher. Units such as the National Guard are often called upon for duties such as disaster-relief, where the trucks can perform various useful roles. Commercial pick-ups and station-wagons may substitute for the HMMWVs. A modification that I would suggest is to substitute the V-150s with three or four M113s. These might be configured as ACAVs and should be fitted with dozer-blades. Having a trio or quartet of tracked, amphibious vehicles will be useful if adverse terrain or weather conditions are encountered. As well as a fire-support role these vehicles will be useful as dozers, snow ploughs or for barricade removal. Like the original ACAVs, these armoured dozer assault vehicles (ADAV) would have a crew of five: driver, commander-gunner, two gunners and two loaders. Auxiliary armament would include a multiple-grenade launcher and/or a commando mortar (patmor/patrol mortar). The ADAV is potentially a potent, versatile but cost-effective asset for the National Guard.
The truck platoons already have four fifteen-man squads and seven HQ personnel, making them effectively demi-companies. An alternative TOE would put the V150/ M113-ADAVs into their own platoon at company-level, along with specialized maintenance and logistic support.
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