M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V)

M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V)
M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V).

The M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V) is a tracked, armored vehicle designed to provide an automated tactical command post for mobile armored operations. At the Corps and Division, the C2V will be the tactical command post (TAC), while at the Brigade and Battalion, it will be the tactical operations center (TOC). The M4 C2V platform is designed to provide information superiority directly supporting the dominant maneuver force. The C2V capitalizes on the experience gained and technology developed for the M1068 Standard Integrated Command Post System variant of the M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier, but is mounted on a modified M993 Multiple Rocket Launcher System (MLRS) chassis (an M2 Bradley variant).

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M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V) History

The M4 Command and Control Vehicle (C2V) system was designed as a replacement for the M1068 Standard Integrated Command Post System Carrier, itself a variant of the M-577 Armored Command Post Carrier. With the M4 C2V, the Army invested in a completely new command post vehicle, developed starting in 1993. The C2V was built on the same chassis as the M993 Multiple Launcher Rocket System (MLRS), based on the Bradley chassis and drive train. The system was outfitted with an array of tactical communications gear for the commanderís use when traversing the battlefield. It contained four workstations with Army Tactical Command and Control System (ATCCS) computers.

M4 C2V participated during the 1997 Task Force XXI Advanced Warfighting Experiment. It was observed that the M4 C2V provided greater mobility and protection than predecessor systems. With more interior room, C2V allowed for better staff coordination when operating within the command vehicle. The larger size and array of antennas also made M4 C2V an attractive target for enemy direct-fire or close-air support systems. While conducting missions on the move (approximately five percent of the time for the Advanced Warfighting Experiment), operators were able to share information within the vehicle, but inter-vehicle communications were not tested. There were also a number of observations that indicated that motion sickness might be a serious problem with the seat configuration tested. Further tests at a later time, observing other configurations, found no difference in frequency of motion sickness between the variants.

The conclusion from M4 C2V testing was that the vehicle had limited capability unless it was in a stationary mode, and the radios and systems integrated into it had limited ranges of 25 to 30 kilometers (15 to 24 miles). Despite these initial limitations, the Army ordered 25 C2Vs in 1997 from prime contractor United Defense, LP.

However, after this initial order was produced, the Army cancelled the program as part of its shift to the Stryker wheeled Light Armored Vehicle system in 1999. United Defense placed the C2Vs in storage for possible foreign military sales. In 2002, in preparation for ground combat operations in Iraq, 15 of the C2Vs were fielded to Army units slated to fight, with the remainder designated for spare parts. V Corps headquarters received three vehicles, as did the 3d Infantry Division and 1st Armored Division. The 1st Cavalry Division received four and the 3d Armored Cavalry Regiment two systems. The systems were upgraded with a suite of the new Army Battle Command System (ABCS) hardware and software.

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V Corps Assualt Command Post, composed principally of three M4 Command and Control Vehicles (C2V), 2003
V Corps Assualt Command Post, composed principally of three M4 Command and Control Vehicles (C2V), 2003.