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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2012 11:20 a.m. PST

"Somewhere in East Africa or the southern Arabian peninsula, several years from now, an unassuming SUV drives off the road and rolls down its window. From the passenger seat, there's a blast as a missile shoots into the air. It careens as far as 60 miles, in pursuit of terrorists traveling in their own SUVs, who'll never see the light truck that launched it.

This is a future that the U.S. Special Operations Command wants as it fights the nation's shadow wars in places like Somalia and Yemen. A new solicitation seeks what it calls a "Medium Range Precision Strike System." Obscured within that anodyne phrase is an ambitious weapons system optimized for stealthy strikes with minimal footprints for those times when a drone strike just isn't the right tool for the job.

The missile system the commandos want fits into a "light, commercially available truck." The whole thing has to be completely self-contained within the SUV, weighing no more than 900 lbs. as much as five 180 lb. dudes, sans gear and no longer than 200 inches. "All cables, power sources, fire control and any other required accessories" have to be packed in as well, because the missile system has to open fire from the open road. You might want to call shotgun.

That's because the target is often on the move, as well. "The enemy vehicles could be stationary or moving commercial SUVs, pick-ups, or sedans," reads the solicitation. And they could be way, way far away: The missiles need an "objective maximum range of not less than one hundred (100) kilometers," or about 62 miles.

If the desired missile system actually does make it into the light trucks of elite troops, it would unite the two principal tools for prosecuting the U.S.'s "shadow wars" against terrorists: missile strikes and commando raids. Usually those strikes come either from cruise missiles or overhead drones. But the Special Operations Command missile wouldn't be purely surface-to-surface. "It is highly desirable that the system be compatible with various fixed and rotary wing aircraft," the solicitation reads.

Except for the airborne part, the missile in the car follows in a long special-operations tradition: biting the very styles of the insurgents, terrorists and guerrillas the commandos hunt. Terrorists have used RPGs fired from the backs of flatbed trucks as portable artillery weapons for years. In Iraq, some jury-rigged wheelbarrows to construct mobile rocket launchers.

We're also about a decade into the trend of modifying SUVs for warfare. A Texas company specializes in inserting Kevlar, steel and polyethylene composite plates around the frames of light trucks soon to pass through dangerous territory. Others have gone the Michael Bay route, attaching a 12.7 mm machine gun to a GMC Yukon.

There's nothing in the solicitation that suggests the Special Operations Command wants the SUV itself to be modified. Instead, it seems more like the vehicle is incidental the kind of thing that commandos who don't want to attract attention can jump into, without indicating to the outside world that they're packing the kind of firepower that can wipe out a target while he's on the move from as far away as New York City is from Trenton"

Seeing this picture…


About wargames… we had to buy in the future matchbox cars for wargaming?


ming31 Inactive Member02 Mar 2012 2:04 p.m. PST

There was a u tube video few years ago where a company put a auto cannon in a drop turrent that came out the sunroof and was controled by the front passenger .

Personal logo Striker Supporting Member of TMP02 Mar 2012 2:07 p.m. PST

The minigun armed SUV would be a nice surprise.

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Mardaddy Inactive Member02 Mar 2012 4:41 p.m. PST

"…from the passenger seat…"

Umm, backblast from the launch?

GNREP8 Inactive Member02 Mar 2012 6:19 p.m. PST

it would unite the two principal tools for prosecuting the U.S.'s "shadow wars" against terrorists: missile strikes and commando raids

whilst it sounds a great bit of kit, all this high tech stuff is only any use if you have decent HUMINT (and allied to that SIGINT) in the first place to identify the targets. Techie stuff is great but sometimes it can replace basic intelligence work

Lion in the Stars02 Mar 2012 10:46 p.m. PST

Yeah, the maximum range requirement seems a little extreme. I mean, wouldn't you want to be close enough to positively ID the target?

GNREP8 Inactive Member03 Mar 2012 5:14 p.m. PST

Actually sounds like what you get when you ask people for the dream weapon – probably also had had stealth rader cloaking device and cappuchino coffee maker in the spec too. What you get is a piece of kit that need a battery pack the size of a house to run it, pumps out a horrendous amount of heat, takes 10 years to develop and doesn't work except on days with an N in them

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