The Bunker Group
The M113AS4 was a stupid idea and becomes stupider every day. As an APC/IFVThe same M113 hulls that are within years of being phased out? That are so obsolete they are undeployable?
M113 was a great vehicle in it’s day. It needs to be retired.
Spike NLOS can go on virtually anything from ‘dune buggies’ to light armoured vehicles and helicopters.
In an Australian context, the rear tray of a Hawkei on the face of it, appears ideal…
But....the key phrase is uncrewed. Nothing wrong with using them as uncrewed platforms. We already own them, they have demonstrated ability to keep up with A Veh, they are reasonably protected against direct fire (second most armoured until recently). They also offer more carrying capability than a Hawkei.
Note that the funding for AS4, which will be needed for IFV, isn't an issue this time as Army is already funded for a Bde size of uncrewed vehicles. Here, the AS4 funding can cut across to that as an interim measure.