The M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank is widely used by the United States Army and Marine Corps. These vehicles serve as the backbone of the United States ground forces in every major conflict. They are air transportable by C-17 and C-5 aircraft.
The M2A3 and M3A3 Bradley are tracked armored combat vehicles. The Bradley fighting vehicles are designed to operate at the same speed as the M1 Abrams Main Battle Tank and provide better protection than the U.S. Army's M113 Armored Personnel Carrier. These vehicles are amphibious, they are equipped with inflatable pontoons and their tracks act as "propellers".
The M113 Armored Personnel Carrier helped to revolutionize mobile military operations. The M113 family includes approximately 12 variants of vehicles used in a variety of combat and combat support roles. These variants include the original armored personnel carrier, smoke generators, mortar carriers, medical evacuation vehicles, mobile command posts, etc.
The M109A6 Paladin and its accompanying M992A2 Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle are full-track vehicles, used by the U.S. Army to provide indirect fire support to ground troops on the battlefield.
The M270A1 Multiple Launch Rocket System, a derivative of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, is the standard U.S. Army platform for firing surface to surface artillery rockets and missiles. It is a full-tracked, self-propelled launcher/loader designed to launch tactical rockets and re-deploy before enemy determination of launch position (shoot and scoot). The launch platform is also capable to launch the Army Tactical Missile System (ATACMS). The MLRS is comprised of the M269 Loader Launcher Module, the M993 chassis, and the Fire Control System (FCS).
The AAV is an armored assault amphibious full-tracked landing vehicle. The primary responsibility of the AAVs during an amphibious operation is to spearhead a beach assault. They disembark from ship and come ashore, carrying infantry and supplies to the area to provide a forced entry into the amphibious assault area for the surface assault element. Once the AAVs have landed, they can take on several different tasks: manning check points, Military Operations in Urban Terrain (MOUT) missions, escorting food convoys or mechanized patrol.
The EFV (Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle) is a cancelled development aimed at replacing the AAV-7A1 as the Marine Corps’ primary combat vehicle for transporting troops on land and from ship to shore. In addition to its higher land and water speeds, the revised EFV had sufficient ballistic protection to defeat rounds up to 14.5mm or fragments from 155mm artillery shells. It also had improved mine-blast protection and a nuclear, chemical and biological (NBC) defense system. This combination of features alone would have provided enhanced survivability compared to the Amphibious Assault Vehicle.
The M88A2 Hercules is a fully-tracked, steel-armored recovery vehicle that performs hoisting, winching, and towing operations for today’s heaviest combat systems. It is equipped to assist in the repair of disabled vehicles under general field conditions and to recover vehicles under hostile fire.
The D7 series medium bulldozer began service with the U.S. military during World War II. With upgrades and changes, it has been a workhorse for the U.S. military, fulfilling its primary earthmoving role as well as a host of other roles discovered for it, for example mine clearing with a special flail adapter kit. Its latest version, the D7R is currently used by the U.S. Army, being the primary earthmover for construction of survivability positions and antitank ditches. It must be transported by trailer due to its poor mobility.
The M9 Armored Combat Earthmover is a highly mobile, armored tracked vehicle that provides combat engineer support to front-line Army and Marine forces. Its capabilities include eliminating enemy obstacles, maintaining and repairing of roads and supply routes and construction of fighting positions.
The M1074 Joint Assault Bridge is an M1A1 Abrams tank hull with heavy (M1A2) suspension integrated with a hydraulic bridge launcher system to launch the existing Armored Vehicle Launched Bridge (AVLB) Military Load Class 95 Scissor Bridge. It is the sustainable system designated to replace the older AVLB vehicles, as the M1A1 Abrams chassis base makes the JAB more affordable than the M104 Wolverine (M1A2 System Enhancement Program-based).
The M1150 Assault Breacher Vehicle (ABV) is a tracked, armored engineer vehicle specifically designed for conducting in-stride breaching of minefields and complex obstacles. Major components of this system include a Full-Width Mine Plow (FWMP), two linear demolition charges (LDC), a lane-marking system, a remote control system, and weapon station integration on a modified M1 tank chassis.
The M1 Grizzly was an armored vehicle designed to breach complex obstacles including mines, berms, wire, rubble, and tank-ditches. It would have breached obstacles with minimal preparation creating safe lanes for other vehicles in the dominant maneuver force with little or no loss in momentum. The Grizzly's obstacle clearing features include a full-width mine-clearing blade and a powered, extensible excavating arm.
The M104 Wolverine is an armored vehicle designed to carry, emplace, and retrieve an assault bridge capable of supporting 70 ton loads such as the M1A2 main battle tank. It is a combat support system which integrates advanced bridging, hydraulic and electronic control capabilities into a single survivable system. The Wolverine fills the need for a combat gap crossing capability with the same mobility, survivability, and transportability as the M1 Abrams tank.