General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has unveiled a technology demonstrator for the Griffin III light tank at the AUSA 2018 Exposition.
The Griffin III displays concepts designed for the next generation of warfighting in complex urban and restrictive terrain. The Griffin III provides Soldiers a revolutionary leap in lethality and stand-off, a modular turret that accommodates several weapon system configurations, scalable protection for Multi-Domain Operations and an integrated Active Protection System (APS).
Griffin III light tank concept is based on the hull of the Ajax tracked armored vehicle, formerly known as the Scout SV (Specialist Vehicle), developed by General Dynamics UK to replace the Combat Vehicle Reconnaissance (Tracked) (CVR(T)) family of vehicles in the British Army.
The Griffin III is fitted with a new turret armed with Orbital ATK (now Northrop Grumman) 50mm automatic cannon including auto-loading system developed by the U.S. Army’s Armament Research, Development and Engineering Center (ARDEC). The turret has a traverse of 360°, while the 50mm cannon has an elevation from +85° to -20°. The previous version of Griffin was a pure tank — offered for the U.S. Army’s Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) program — with 120 mm main gun and without any passenger capacity.
The Griffin III vehicle is also equipped with the Israeli IMI Systems’ Iron Fist Light Decoupled (IF-LD) active protection system (APS), a system already being integrated on the U.S. Army’s M2 Bradley vehicles for testing. It also carries AeroVironment’s Switchblade loitering missile.
Designed with open architecture for rapid growth over time, the Griffin III also accommodates multiple crew and squad configurations. The vehicle is reportedly able to carry a squad of 6 infantrymen three short of full U.S. Army infantry squad.
General Dynamics will be offering the Griffin III for the U.S. Army’s Next Generation Combat Vehicle (NGCV) program which will replace the service’s Bradley Fighting Vehicle.