28 Feb '17, 10pm

There's a decades-long modernization lag for Army combat vehicles

WASHINGTON -- A years-long period of reduced modernization budgets has caused a major lag -- potentially up to 30 years for some rides -- in upgrading the Army's combat vehicles, the Army general in charge of the fleet said. “I can tell you right now the level of investment in my portfolio is unacceptably low,” Maj. Gen. David Bassett said Monday at a Lexington Institute forum on Army rapid acquisition. The current investment has only allowed the service to make very capable upgrades to its fleet -- which would require “decades to touch all of our armored brigade combat team formations,” Bassett said. The Army is only able to modernize one brigade of Stryker combat vehicles every three years from a flat-bottomed hull to a double-V hull structure, which is more resistant to under-belly explosions set off by improvised explosive devices. The service is only able to upgrade i...

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