Speaking for marines (32 MARINE BRIGADE) and their potential vehicle:
There are two different approaches (eachone for several reasons)
A. One and the same personel carier
B. Two types of vehicles :the first totaly amphibius and the other mainly combat with some amphibius capabilities
Comparison of Selected AAAV Requirements With AAV's Current Capabilities Function AAAV requirement AAV capability------------------------------ ------------------ ------------------Water speed 23-29 miles per 6-8 miles per hour hour Cross-country land speed Keep up with main 15-20 miles per battle tank, which hour travels at about 30 miles per hour Range on water 65 miles 45 miles Range on land 300 miles 300 miles Troop-carrying capacity 18 combat- 18 combat- equipped troops equipped troops Survivability (armor Survive 14.5mm Can only surviveprotection) bullets without 14.5mm bullets if attaching enhanced enhanced armor armor plating to plating has been vehicle's hull attached to vehicle's hull Lethality (main armament) Defeat light 40mm and .50 armored combat caliber machine vehicles of 2005- guns, which cannot 2025 time frame defeat light during day and armored combat night while moving vehicles of today
BTR-90 has only one disadvantage. No Army especially the Russian adopted it yet. The BTR-80 especially the A model (30mm/7,62mm Turret) is very a good choice for Ebros based units and for Marines (along with BMP-3M).
And if they think (the stupid politicians I mean) that an all-BTR-80A force is too expensive, due to the cannon, there is always the BTR-80S with a 14,5mm KPVT in place of the 2A42, and in the SAME turret.
The Marine version of the BMP-3 is designated BMP-3F "sans suffixe". This is the latest version with features of the BMP-3M, plus additional flotation cells to compensate for the increased weight, but without any change in designation; should be called BMP-3FM IMHO.
that said, wearing a helmet over your b00nie really does kind of defeat the purpose ... the guy probably has good reasons for it but I'll be damned if I know
I wouldn't punish him for it (besides make a picture and send it to all his buddies AND his parents) but I would definately make him take it off and give the man a pair of sunglasses for his troubles
I really do enjoy your emphasis in trying to make a SOF-operator out of this little ouzo-wired sailor standing guard while civilan refugees are going on board. This was everything but a combat situation, my greek friends!!!
But anyway, keep on dreaming and take care of your very professional special anti-terror navy SOF super operators with their boony-helmet-suncover-something...
Axfax, one more thing to end this once and for all. It is common for SOF operators worldwide to show a cavalier disrespect for dress regs while on training or actual ops. I have seen photos of Greek SOF operators wearing anything from woodland to standard Hellenic Army leaf pattern to DPM or even ACU BDUs. The way a man chooses to wear his gear is his and only his choise, and it is done in a way that suits him best.