INTRO TO M2/M3 BFV - OD0456 - LESSON 1/TASK 1
2.5 mph to the maximum safe speed), 14% movement on gravel and dirt
secondary roads (at speeds from 15 mph to the maximum safe speed), 6% road
marches on paved roads (at speeds of 15 mph to the maximum safe speed), and
1% operating at the maximum speed in water. All of the above percentages
are based on a period of twelve months. During this twelve-month period of
sustained combat operations, the average mileage for each vehicle is assumed
to be at least 6,000 miles.
Basis of Issue.
The basic issue of IFVs for a mechanized infantry
battalion will be 4 IFV's per platoon, 13 per company, and 41 per battalion.
There will be 6 CFV's issued to the combat support company.
approval will add an additional rifle company giving the battalion a total
issue of 54 IFV's. The basic issue of CFV's for a cavalry squadron is 5 per
platoon, 16 per troop, and 50 per squadron.
Primary Mission Assignments.
The primary mission of the M2/M3 is to
provide motorized transport to an infantry squad and direct fire support to
the already deployed infantry squads.
The M2 IFV is the version of this
vehicle that provides the motor transport, and the M3 CFV provides the
direct fire support. Do not, however, get the idea that these vehicles are
locked solely into their respective missions. The IFV carries basically the
same types of ammunition and fire power as does the CFV and is as capable of
providing direct fire support to deployed infantry squads.
By the same
token, the CFV can, in a pinch, provide transportation to an infantry squad.
It would be cramped, and there is a lack of available seating, but the CFV
could transport the troops.
Basic Differences Between the IFV and the CFV
As was stated in paragraph 2 on the mission assignment of
the M2/M3, the vehicles are interchangeable.
However, there are three
slight differences between the two.
These three differences are:
presence of firing ports on the IFV; the seating configuration of the IFV
(it has seating for nine whereas the CFV only has five); and the amount and
types of ammunition stowed and carried (the CFV carries more ammunition than
does the IFV).