[EUG]MadMat wrote:LAV-25 are not troop transport. Period.
I'm here to post the reasons why this should be reconsidered, from an Authenticity perspective
US Marine Deck needs some love, as stated in the other thread
Apart from the Phrog, as stated in the other thread, the LAV-25 is the most pressing issue.
Many posters, who have posted against it in the past given it's modern use solely as a scout vehicle, forgot to look back and take a look at the cold war deployment of the LAV-25, in which it served a transport role.
Given that we can cram 15 morskaya pekhotas in a BTR-70 with a 7 person capacity, cramming US Marines into a LAV-25 isn't so far fetched either.
Let's look at MadMat's previous posts on the topic.
[EUG]MadMat wrote:panzersaurkrautwefer wrote:Marine infantry shouldn't ride in LAV-25s in the first place. IRL they carry scout teams, but they're not used as APCs (as that's what the AAV-7 was for).
True. That is fixed in Red Dragon.
The second statement isn't exactly true. Even the original poster MadMat replied to has gone back on it.
panzersaurkrautwefer: kinda changed my mind though. It's 100% only used for recon NOW but in the 1980's it looks like it had a light mechanized infantry role
panzersaurkrautwefer: it's one of the pitfalls of trusting my opinion. I'm a very post 2000 veteran who thinks cold war stuff is neat vs someone who knows that stuff front to back
Leatherneck2382 wrote:Not sure why the change, as it was correct in ALB. The US Marines felt that the Soviet Mechanized Infantry would overwhelm them without a fast armored transport. Thus, the LAV-25 was developed as the solution. It wasn't until 1994, until they were structured into Light Armored Recon, and even starting carrying less Marines per LAV-25.
"The Battalions primary functions are to provide fire support and ground mobility, as well as conduct reconnaissance and security missions."
FMFM 6-30 Light Armored Infantry Operations 16 October 1990
therefore, I think the LAV-25 should return as a transport, in order to be authentic and to give marine decks a viable fast transport that they thought they needed in time frame to counter the BTRs that are present in game.
If we want to get really crazy, it should also be available in Motorized, as it was trialed in it as well.
panzersaurkrautwefer: it started off as a "recon/light transport" for the Marines, AND a light transport for the motorized 9th ID testbed
What we want:
1-2 Cards of LAV-25s, available for most major infantry types for the marines (marines, stinger, smaw, assault engies)