Infantry Drills

E-13: Vehicle Characteristics

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E-13. To win in battle, leaders must have a clear understanding of the capabilities and limitations of their equipment. The Abrams tank, BFV, Stryker ICV, armament carrier HMMWV and the MRAP. Each has their own capabilities, limitations, characteristics, and logistical requirements. Even though their role to the Infantry is virtually the same, these vehicles provide support in different ways. To employ combat vehicles, leaders must understand specific capabilities and limitations of vehicles that are attached under operational control to their unit. The following information is a brief overview of the combat vehicles’ characteristics as they apply to combat power. Table E-1 displays vehicle characteristics. (Specifics vary by vehicle and modifications.)

Table E-1. Mobility characteristics of combat vehicles

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