BY Richard Moorhead, The Western JournalJune 20, 2023
1 year ago
 | June 20, 2023
1 year ago

Army Unleashes New Assault Vehicle - Firepower of Giant Tanks But a Fraction of the Size

The United States Army is rolling out a new armored vehicle that could rewrite the battlefield understanding of how tanks are used in combat.

Sergeant Major of the Army Michael Grinston unveiled the M10 Booker combat vehicle during the service's 248th birthday event at Fort Belvoir, Virginia, according to The Defense Post.

While the Booker appears to resemble main battle tanks such as the M1 Abrams in key respects, it also differs from the category in other ways.

The Booker was developed through the Army's Mobile Protected Firepower program, according to the Association of the United States Army.

The vehicle is the Army's first new combat vehicle in two decades, according to Stars and Stripes.

“The M-10 Booker is an armored vehicle that is intended to support our infantry brigade combat teams by suppressing and destroying fortifications, gun systems and trenches, and then, secondarily, providing protection against enemy armored vehicles,” program executive officer Maj. Gen. Glenn Dean said of the vehicle, according to The Washington Times.

The Booker combat vehicle clocks in at approximately 42 tons -- considerably lighter than the M1 Abrams, which weighs more than 70 tons.

The vehicle -- armed with a 105 mm main gun, a .50 caliber Browning machine gun, and a 7.62 mm machine gun to boot -- is intended to assist the maneuver of infantry personnel against entrenched positions in combat.

“The M-10 would be used, much as the original tanks in the First World War were, to defeat the machine guns that tie down infantry, destroy fixed positions, and to destroy light armor in order to restore mobility to the infantry," retired Maj. Gen. Patrick J. Donahoe told The Washington Times of the craft.

The M-10 is more heavily armed and armored than infantry fighting vehicles such as the M2 Bradley.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine has spurred questions on conventional battlefield tank tactics, with many of Russia's tanks destroyed by Ukrainian infantry and drone operators.

The M-10's military proponents reject its categorization as a "light tank," pointing to its intended use in combat, rather than reconnaissance.

The Booker is named after two soldiers -- Pvt. Robert Booker, and Staff Sgt. Stevon A. Booker -- who were killed in action in World War II and the Iraq War respectively.

The Army is slated to receive the first M10 Booker vehicles in November, according to Stars and Stripes.

This article appeared originally on The Western Journal.

Written by: Richard Moorhead, The Western Journal



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