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It strikes me you only need three things for a viable RSS - a stable platform for the mast; enough space for the control station inside; and an adequate power supply for the system. Can't see any of those being a problem for the TAPV.That was the original plan. Something caused the Army to abandon that. Could be that the TAPV is not a viable platform for the surveillance package.
While TAPV has a component for a recce vehicle, the LRSS goes back as far as 2009 and by 2010 had decided to put the RSS capability into 66 vehs of the LAV UP programme. By 2017 the discussion in Waypoint 2017 was that the TAPV was being evaluated only for its reconnaissance role. The discussion tended to talk about an LRSS as a surveillance base with TAPVs scouting around.
I'm not sure if the original TAPV plan ever considered a masted version or if it and the LRSS were always viewed as a pair to replace the Coyotes.