Good report on weapon/equipment combat effectiveness in Iraq


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iamkris
June 11, 2003, 10:21 AM
Mods -- this has a fair amount of non-rifle stuff in it...move it if you need to.

Good summary of on weapons and equipment combat effectiveness in Iraq. Looks like it was put together by the Army Special Ops Battle Lab in interviews with troops in May. Here's some of the summary:

http://www.sftt.org/article06102003a.html

Top Performers:

* Lethality: The soldiers that employed the XM-107 and their leaders had nothing but praise for the accuracy, target effect and tactical advantage provided by this weapon.

* Survivability: A tie between JSLIST and IBA. Clearly both of these systems are on the right design path.

* Mobility: It would be very difficult to get the units to return to the days before the M-Gator ... and I wouldn't want to be the one who tries to take it away.

* Situational Awareness: Our suite of optics and sensors provide an overwhelming tactical advantage against the quality of threat encountered in Iraq.

* Sustainment: The Camelback-type hydration system is clearly what the soldiers desire - just need to emphasize durability.

Top Areas for Improvement:

* Lethality: The pistol system requires greater stopping power, improved magazines and a better holster.

* Survivability: Combat identification still relies on methods and technologies used 10 years ago. Our army is extremely lethal - we rely too greatly on the discipline and skill of our soldiers.

* Mobility: Soldiers can get pretty passionate about boots and socks. Recommend a down-select for boots similar to the one conducted for socks.

* Situational Awareness: Communications at squad and below. The squad radio is currently not a PEO Soldier item but one we can help fix with the Land Warrior program.

* Sustainment: Soldiers still spend too much of their own money to purchase the quality packs, pouches, belts, underwear, socks and gloves they believe they need for mission success and comfort.

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Steve Smith
June 11, 2003, 10:25 AM
Duplicate of a thread in GD.


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