Here are the 24 army programs in the hands of soldiers by 2023 – Breaking Defense Breaking Defense


The delivery of the first prototype of hypersonic hardware for its long-range hypersonic weapon in October. (Spc. Karleshia Gater / US Army)

WASHINGTON: The U.S. military modernization effort is well underway, with department heads committing that 24 of 35 service modernization programs will be in the hands of soldiers as systems or prototypes put into service in the WASHINGTON. during fiscal year 2023.

The multibillion-dollar effort includes a wide range of next-generation battlefield capabilities, from new ground vehicles and long-range missiles to improved network tools as the service moves away from counterterrorism operations to become close threats to peers in China and Russia.

“Our efforts are already paying off,” Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville said in his keynote address at the Association of the United States Army (AUSA) conference in early October.

The 35 Army Modernization Priorities, known in the service as Priorities 31 + 4, consist of 31 modernization programs executed by the Army Futures Command and four others by the Office of Rapid Capabilities and Critical Technologies. of service.

But while individual programs have been publicly hailed as among the first 24 to come out, Army Futures Command recently provided Breaking Defense with the full list of programs that are expected to be in soldiers’ hands by Exercise 23, that is, as deployed systems, or, more broadly, in various phases of prototyping. Soldiers are already playing around with some of the new technology, and an Army Futures Command spokesperson said each has already reached or should meet the FY23 deadline.

The list runs in order of modernization priority. For example, the first four are under the Army’s long-range precision fire modernization priority, and the last six are under Soldier Lethality, the sixth service modernization priority.

Soldiers don the Integrated Visual Augmentation System Capability Set 3 equipment as they board a Stryker at Joint Base Lewis-McCord, WA. (Courtney Bacon / US Army)

The list:

1. PrSM: Precision strike missile

2. ERCA: extended range cannon artillery

3.LRHW: long range hypersonic weapon

4. MRC: mid-range capability

5. AMPV: multipurpose armored vehicle

6.RRS: Robotic combat vehicle

7. MPF: mobile protective firepower

8.FUA / FTUAS: future unmanned aircraft systems / future tactical unmanned aircraft system

9. Unified network: integrated tactical network

10. COE: CPCE / MCE – Common operating environment: control station IT environment / mounted IT environment

11. CPI2: Integrated command post infrastructure

12. CARDS: Modular active protection systems

13. DAPS: positioning, navigation and timing system guaranteed disembarked

14. M-SHORAD: short range air defense

15. Indirect fire protection capability: iron dome

16. LTAMDS: lower level air and missile defense sensor

17. AIAMD: integrated air and anti-missile defense of the army

18. DE M-SHORAD: Directed energy maneuver and short range air defense

19. NGSW: Next Generation Squad Weapon

20. IVAS: Integrated visual augmentation system

21. ENVG-B: Improved Night Vision Goggles – Binoculars

22. RVCT: Reconfigurable virtual collective trainer

23. SiVT: Immersive virtual trainer of the IVAS squad

24. OWT / TMT / TSS: One World Terrain / Training management tools / Training simulation software

Retired Army Major General John Ferrari said this list “has been fairly consistent over the past few years, so it’s a good sign that the military is staying behind these programs.”

But he hinted that he was concerned about the rest of the 35 programs that are not included.

“Rapid prototyping is very good, but only about 2/3 will be at this stage by 2023,” said Ferrari, who was director of program evaluation and analysis in the G-8 office. of the military and is now a non-resident principal investigator at the American Institute of Enterprise. “In the half-empty glass scenario, that means the others go through a much longer process that the military will spend a lot of money on but might not be successful; given the pace of technological change, these longer-term programs face both the risk of high-tech obsolescence and funding challenges in the future. “

The first item on the list, the Precision Strike missile, hit a milestone earlier this year when it traveled over 499 km, which is much closer to full production.. As for the Army’s long-range hypersonic weapon, the depleted RCCTO, the service delivered the prototype battery to Soldiers at Joint Base Lewis-McChord earlier this year and is on track to deliver its first hypersonic missile in exercise 23, according to the director of the RCCTO. . The mid-range capability of the office, which will fly somewhere between the PrSM missile and the long-range hypersonic weapon, has completed the initial research and started the prototyping phase this year.

Some programs, such as the Army Integrated Tactical Network, are already available to soldiers. The augmented reality IVAS system is slated for the first equipped unit in September 2022 after a technical issue with the glasses postponed operational testing by several months.

As noted, the military still faces the reality of shrinking budgets going forward, Army Secretary Christine Wormuth saying in September that the service faces “tough choices” in moving from there. ‘before. In October, she announced that the service was starting a broad scan of the service in the face of budget pressures. Ferrari noted that the money issue persists in service modernization programs.

“Money is going to be a huge factor in the future,” said Ferrari. “It’s not clear how the military, within the constraints of a larger defense budget, can keep all of this on track, and if it can’t, then how does it decide what to do with it? which is done or not. Congress has supported the NDAA to spend money on procurement, so the closer an item is to production, the more likely it is to survive.


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