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C2 Strike Mobility Commander
Some C2 applications call for agility over armor
Defense Media Network By Scott R. Gourley
While the U.S. Army’s semi-annual Network Integration Evaluation (NIE) events have created amazing mission command on the move capabilities integrated into armored Mine Resistant, Ambush Protected All Terrain Vehicles (M-ATV)-based “point of Presence” platform designs, some command and control applications seem to be favoring mobility over mine protection.
A classic example of the latter can be seen in the “Boar Battlewagon” the Gator-based command and control platform developed by the Army’s 2nd Battalion, 30th Infantry (“The Wild Boars”).
C2 Strike Mobility Commander
Unbeknownst to many, another ATV-based command and control design has also been in development to meet user requirements favoring agility over armor. The new design, developed by RP Advanced Mobile Systems in McMinnville, Ore., is the latest addition to the company’s family of LTATV [Lightweight Tactical All Terrain Vehicle] Strike and Mobility Vehicles for special operations and rapid reaction forces. Prototypes of the new platform design are planned for public unveiling at the 2013 Special Operations forces Industry Conference (SOFIC) planned for Tampa, Fla., in mid-May.
According to individuals associated with the new platform development, the “C2 Strike Mobility Commander” is designed to fill the tactical commander’s needs for a command and control vehicle that is low cost, lightweight, and can be deployed by fixed and rotary-wing aircraft quickly and easily to the battlefield.
The vehicle was reportedly designed with input received from an unidentified U.S. military organization.
Unlike the approach taken with the previously-noted “Boar Battlewagon” concept vehicle, which emphasized placement of selected command and control systems onto an available ATV platform, the new C2 Strike Mobility focuses on creating an optimized performance platform designed to be equipped and integrated with command and control elements.
Developers explained that the new C2 vehicle is based on the commercially available BRP Can-Am Commander 1000cc side-by-side ATV platform equipped with modifications like RP’s new Fatigue Mitigation MOLLE Tactical Seat system, RP’s SOF Series II 12-Ply Run-Flat Tires, T1 Beadlock Wheels and a new electrical support system designed to allow prolonged operation of communications equipment while the vehicle engine is not running.
Other features include:
- Severe Duty 4-Point Retractable Harness Kit with Quick Release Rotary Buckle;
- RP Hard Armor Coating;
- Blackout/Infrared capability for NVG operations;
- RP Modular Ammo/Fuel Can/Payload Assembly;
- High-Capacity, Multi-Modal Tactical Payload Flatbed Assembly;
- High-Load Tactical Team Standoff Nerf Bar Assembly/Rock Slider with stow mode for air transport;
- 12-volt DC to 24-volt DC converter for military equipage;
- 110-AC Single Phase Inverter for Toughbook and accessory utilization;
- Electrical Support System (NVG Capable) for extended duration power (12-and 24-volt DC);
- NATO compatible receptacle for vehicle slaving/accessory operations at 24-volts; and
- MSI Defense Series 2.5 Body Suspension Components.
In addition to the C2 Strike Mobility Commander, two additional new vehicle designs will be unveiled at SOFIC, based on the Can-Am 101 HP Maverick 1000 in both two passenger and four passenger configurations.
Sustainment and training for the new line of vehicles is being managed by MilitaryAtv.com; a leader in sustainment of LTATV, ATV and other Family of Special Operations Vehicles (FOSOV) platforms since 2006.
All Terrain, All Gain
Tactical Defense Media
May Issue, 2013
By George Jagels, TDM Editor
Tanks are the quintessential combat vehicles, but big isn't the only way to go on the battlefield. SOCOM employs a varied fleet of small vehicles capable of transporting its warriors over any terrain.
LTATVs: Side-by-Side in Combat
The Lightweight ATV (LTATV) resembles a traditional vehicle more so than the ATV, as it is larger, equipped with a roll cage, and has more cargo capacity. Pictures of it might bring to mind another recreational vehicle—the dune buggy—but the LTATV is deadly serious: These small, agile, armed, and durable platforms have so impressed SOCOM that they have an inventory of 651, with about 170 currently fielded. The LTATV can fill combat and logistical support roles as well as aid in casualty evacuation. As of last year, the command plans on acquiring nearly 300 of them annually...
...RP Advanced Mobile Systems designs and upfits a family of fast response LTATVs: StrikeCommander, StrikeMaverick, and SCC2. The StrikeCommander's most attractive attribute, according to RPAMS, is its navigation ability. Through an automotive-style rear differential system and a powertrain that provides a sufficient power-to-weight ratio, says Chief Technical Officer Terry Wilmeth, "the StrikeCommander can negotiate complex terrain and maintain mobility at gross vehicle weight across all types of environments." To gain a tactical edge, RP integrated an advanced programmable suspension to "open the maneuver space." Wilmeth also noted that the company's designs consider SOF operators' direct needs, which results in constantly evolving vehicle systems. Having developed its own fatiguemitigation LTATV seats, SOF run-flat tires, PowerExtenders, and multi-modal payload.
RP Advanced introduces new
Lightweight Tactical ATV for Special Forces
April 16, 2013
Ever try to sneak up to someone in a HUMVEE in tight quarters?
Probably didn’t go to well.
Enter the Lightweight Tactical All-Terrain Vehicle, or LTATV.
The military grade side-by-side ATVs are deployed by U.S. Special Operations Forces on quick response and low profile missions where heavier equipment would just get in the way. The vehicles can also be transported on a variety of small aircraft, including the CH47 Chinook helicopter.
Now, RP Advanced Mobile Systems has unveiled its latest entry into the class, the C2 Commander. The McMinnville, Oregon-based company is run by ex-USAF Special Operations Weapons Control Specialist Terry Wilmeth, and specializes in upfitting consumer versions of ATVs for military use.
The C2 Commander is based on the Can-Am Commander and retains its basic 4x4 chassis and 976 cc Rotax powertrain, but RP adds a few military specific tweaks.
Along with strengthened bumpers built for pushing vehicles and other obstacles out of its way, the C2 Commander gets an upgraded suspension system and a multi-modal cargo bed that can accommodate a variety of weapons systems and gear, including a medical litter for transporting injured troops.
RP has also developed its own run-flat tires made with up to 12-plys that run on beadlock wheels. The company says the tires can take a hit from a 7.62 mm round and continue for up to 75 miles at a speed of 45 mph when deflated. In addition with basic black, they’re available in tan to blend in better with vehicles finished in desert camouflage schemes.
The biggest mechanical change, however, is the addition of an electronically activated rear open differential system, or RODS. While most ATVs come with a locked rear differential for maximum off-road capability, RODS gives the C2 Commander added maneuverability on paved roads and in tight, urban quarters.
RP has also developed a unique seating system designed to reduce fatigue on long sorties over rough terrain. Wilmeth says this is one of the biggest complaints heard from Special Forces operatives returning from LTATV-based missions, so they’ve constructed a seat using a memory foam-type material that offers improved support and better conforms to their gear, and even has a removable section in the back to accommodate backpacks and other “battle rattle.”
The C2 Commander will be making its public debut at the Special Operations Forces Industry Conference Association in Tampa in May. If it works as well as RP says it does, it might be the last time anyone out of uniform gets to see one, secret missions and all that.
The per unit price is around $25,000 and it is only available to the military, but you can pick up the tires for your ATV for about $250 each.
Just remember to leave the national security matters to the professionals, if you do.