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MAGTF Mechanized Operations

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  1. MAGTF Mechanized Operations

  2. Nature of the mechanized battlefield Task organization Planning considerations - mechanized attack Overview

  3. Mechanized Battlefield • Mobility • Tactical mobility • Operational mobility • Time / distance factors • Protection • Armor • Terrain masking • Speed • Firepower • Rate of fire • Hit probability • Flexibility • Sustained fires • Nonlinear operations • Combined arms team

  4. Penetration Supported by Infiltration 2 A 2 A 2 Objective A AA 2 2 3 2 1 2

  5. Task Organization 2 2 1 2 A 2 A 2 A 2 A 2 2 2 3 2 CBT D 2 (+) • Tailored to METT-T • Temporary • Cross attachment • Headquarters units (tank & inf) • Forms Bn TF/Co TM (-)(+) (-) (-)(+) 1/2 I 3/2 D/2

  6. 2 A B C D 2 2 2 2 2 2 Tank / Mech Pure Forces E F G • Rarely tank pure; tanks need mech infantry forces to deal with enemy anti-tank threats.

  7. A 2 3 2 H 3/2 Mech-Heavy Force G 3/2 • Close / restricted terrain • Built-up, urban area • Obstacles • Strong enemy antitank forces

  8. Mech-heavy forces are optimally employed under the following conditions: In the conduct of security operations suitable for LAR or mech infantry When specific terrain must be seized and held In built-up areas or other restricted terrain When visibility is limited Against strong points When heavy anti-tank (AT) fires or obstacles are expected Strengths of Mech-Heavy Force

  9. Tank-heavy task forces preferred under following conditions: Shock action and firepower are desired Terrain is open with few obstacles Enemy (AT) fire is easily suppressed 2 C D A 2 2 2 Tank-Heavy Force I 3/2

  10. 2 C D 2 2 Another Option: Balanced Force A balanced force enhances tank and infantry capabilities while retaining similar mobility. F 2/2 I 3/2 Employed when: 1. Flexibility desired 2. Equal tank/infantry requirements

  11. Building the Company Team • Cross-attach to enhance capabilities • Increases flexibility of task force

  12. Light Armored Reconnaissance • LAR Bns are typically kept pure

  13. Mechanized Planning Considerations Who leads the attack? – METT-T

  14. Tanks Lead • When terrain favors employment • Good trafficability • Open fields of fire • Against enemy armor units • Antitank fire is weak or suppressed

  15. Mech Infantry Leads • Area restrictive/obstacles present • Urban or wooded terrain • Key terrain to be secured • To envelop weak enemy positions

  16. Dismounted Infantry Leads • Restrictive terrain or antiarmor obstacles • Enemy antiarmor fires can’t be suppressed • Limited visibility • Urban terrain or heavily wooded terrain • Stealth required

  17. Infantry Remains Mounted • Enemy antitank fires can be suppressed • Enemy resistance is light • Movement onto and through objective is possible • The AAV is not an infantry fighting vehicle (IFV)

  18. Penetration Supported by Infiltration 2 A 2 A 2 Objective A AA 2 2 3 2 1 2

  19. Questions?