Heavyweight contender: BAE offers 70-ton GCV

story by: Lance M. Bacon
photo courtesy of: BAE Systems / Northrop Grumman
In an era of lighter and faster, one contender looks to be heavyweight champion of ground combat vehicles. And it’s a heavyweight, indeed.
BAE Systems’ GCV tips the scales at a whopping 70 tons. This matches the enhanced M1A2 tank, making it the world’s heaviest infantry fighting vehicle. Much of its weight comes from multiple armor packages that rest on a steel core hull to provide maximum protection. Soldier survivability is the Army’s top performance requirement for GCV.
The heavyweight has met opposition, namely from former Army Chief of Staff Gen. George Casey. A Dec. 11 Congressional Research Service report quoted Casey as saying “soldiers who have served in Iraq and Afghanistan [said] big, heavy vehicles just aren’t practical in urban combat.”
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