The American ADATS Story; Photo Heavy!

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The American ADATS Story; Photo Heavy!

Postby Iris » Sat 26 Jul 2014 08:15

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A unit that had a platoon of active duty soldiers already training on the system in 1991, and was preparing for mass service entry and full production in 1992; the Bradley ADATS is perhaps the most overlooked unit of the American arsenal. She was cancelled just months before her mass introduction into American service, she had her own MOS, doctrine established, and training established in preparation of her arrival.

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In 1991 the Soviet Union collapsed, and so did the Bradley ADATS in an almost immediate reaction to the events unfolding in Europe. The United States military felt that with the Soviet Union gone there was no other military power on earth that justified even following through with the ADATS purchases, and with the almost 25 years since that decision it would seem they were absolutely correct.
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The Army decided that Stingers would be a suitable air defense for the rest of the century until and if another threat arose that demanded a better defense.
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This started with the procurement of M3 Bradley fighting vehicles to be used as a transport for Stinger teams in 1991, these teams trained like mechanized infantry although with the main component and role being the Stinger used in air defense. These eventually led to the M6 Lineback being fully integrated as an integrated system on the Bradley.
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As you'll see from this picture below, the M6 Linebacker actually steals her nickname from the ADATS being the offshoot of the LOS-FH program.
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The ADATS was envisoned to be used as an air defense and anti-tank support system for the Army's heavy divisions in Europe, and to be used in a mult-layed network of the Patriot, HAWK, and Avenger.
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She grew out of a competition of various air defense systems, such as the Rapier and the Liberty, and winning decisively over her opponents she went on to be further evaluated, tested, and fixed so she could enter full military service.
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You could also say she grew out of the ashes of the turmoil of the previous air defense issues of the US Army; the picture below catalogs a few if you recognize them.
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As her development progressed another variant of the Bradley ADATS arose; this one pictured below also carried a Bushmaster 25mm to add further firepower in the support role.
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A unique feature of the ADATS is her beamriding missiles, these missiles fly at an extraordinary speed with both the capability of a TOW-2 missile and accuracy and anti-aircraft potential of a Roland 3 missile. Due to her advance targetting technology and superior radar functionality she was viewed as unjammable by ECM and invulnerable to SEAD.
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The Army was very concerned with the Soviet Air threat, and invested a lot of effort into the system following the Sgt. York disaster. It underwent massive amounts of testing and training procedure from 1987-1991. It was viewed as a top branch priority of the US Army.
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This finally culminated with 4 pre-production versions, and an additional 4 production level versions being in the Army's hands ahead of the official 1992 decision to either buy or not buy the ADATS.
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Which leads to an interesting fact, the US had her production models around the same time the Canadians received the first of theirs. (It's stated that the Canadians didn't acquire more than 4 of them before the Cold War ended.)
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She also quickly had her own MOS set up in advance by several years which was envisioned to be the Army's FAAD system of choice for several years.
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She even had Canadian cooperation, thanks Canada!
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Canada actually led the US to think very highly of the ADATS in comparison to other systems, and could be stated as the main driving factor in convincing the US Army to want it more.
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The ADATS was as prepared as a weapon system could be in 1991 for her 1992 debut.
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Re: The American ADATS Story; Photo Heavy!

Postby CommieKiller757 » Sat 26 Jul 2014 08:17

+1, this unit has more of a right to be ingame than 90% of the protos that are already in.
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Postby Yakhont » Sat 26 Jul 2014 08:19

You might as well rename the thread Crushed Dreams and throw in a few Patriot photoessays while your at it.
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Re: The American ADATS Story; Photo Heavy!

Postby KattiValk » Sat 26 Jul 2014 08:21

Well, I must admit, this brought a tear to my eye.

#crusheddreams :cry:

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Postby Mitchverr » Sat 26 Jul 2014 08:28

But wasnt it ruled out because it wasnt going to be picked by the US forces? :lol:


Seriously though, tis fairly sad to not have it, would make US mech forces unstoppable killers.
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Re: The American ADATS Story; Photo Heavy!

Postby Iris » Sat 26 Jul 2014 08:49

Mitchverr wrote:But wasnt it ruled out because it wasnt going to be picked by the US forces? :lol:


Seriously though, tis fairly sad to not have it, would make US mech forces unstoppable killers.


I believe because Canada already had it, but the Bradley ADATS hit the prototype standard nail on the head with the force of a sledgehammer if there ever was a unit that met the criteria.

In fact Canada got hers first in 1988, and America followed in 1989. Canada only had 6, not 4 (I remembered wrong), ADATS fire units before 1990; it briefly canceled her deliveries over some concerns with quality control.

The Americans had 4 pre-production units and 4 production units by 1991. So America had 8 ADATS before the Cold War ended while Canada only had 6. ;)

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Re: The American ADATS Story; Photo Heavy!

Postby Mitchverr » Sat 26 Jul 2014 08:54

Yeah, a fair few prototype units that could have gotten in perfectly but didnt, sadly just like ADATS.

Though thanks for all the info on the thread, alot of nice stuff to read which is interesting :)
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Postby Mosquevan » Sat 26 Jul 2014 09:20

They're represented in Wargame by the extra twelve ADATS that Canada gets ingame.

Sorry America.
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Re: The American ADATS Story; Photo Heavy!

Postby KattiValk » Sat 26 Jul 2014 09:24

Mosquevan wrote:They're represented in Wargame by the extra twelve ADATS that Canada gets ingame.

Sorry America.
If you want those ADATs to yourselves then you'd better come and join the US coalition of doom where you rightfully belong and ditch the Brits. :D

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Postby TankHunter » Sat 26 Jul 2014 09:53

kiheerSEDMAN wrote:
Mosquevan wrote:They're represented in Wargame by the extra twelve ADATS that Canada gets ingame.

Sorry America.
If you want those ADATs to yourselves then you'd better come and join the US coalition of doom where you rightfully belong and ditch the Brits. :D


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