MEFFVMAGTF Expeditionary Family of Fighting Vehicles (US Marine Corps)
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Senior Marine officials, however, may be reevaluating the rationale for the MEFFV, as feedback from operations in Iraq indicates that heavy armor still rules the battlefield.
"The Iraq conflict will change the MEFFV program," said Col.
It is not yet clear how many vehicles will comprise the MEFFV program.
But he seemed dismissive of the idea that the MEFFV and the FCS should be 100-percent common.
The MEFFV has a "different timeline and different objective" than the FCS, Beal said.
Power trains, weapon systems, sensor suites developed for the FCS would easily be transferable to MEFFV. "Early on, jointness with FCS will pay dividends."
While the Army plans to begin fielding the FCS in 2008, the MEFFV is not expected to join the fleet until 2024.
Yakovac, noted that programs such as FCS and MEFFV are "hard to bring together." Nevertheless, both services should work toward that goal, he told an industry conference.
Gregory Fetter, land-warfare analyst at Forecast International/DMS, mid that bringing together the MEFFV and the FCS is the only way that the Marines can be assured they'll have enough money to develop their vehicles.
The Marine Corps Combat Development Command is responsible for defining the MEFFV requirements, before Beal's office can begin the actual design and development process.
It is way too early yet to try to pinpoint the characteristics of the MEFFV, other than to say it will be a family of vehicles to replace the tank and the LAV, Beal said.
Ideally said Beal, the MEFFV platforms will be "modular, plug-and-play" so certain pieces can be removed and replaced relatively quickly, based on the missions.