Army combat vehicle designers rely on digital modeling to prototype future optionally manned vehicles

June 29, 2020
New vehicle may operate with a three-man crew, carry six-soldiers, and be armed with a heavy a 50-millimeter long-range TOW-like missile.

WASHINGTON – The U.S. Army’s new infantry combat vehicle has gone digital, meaning the service hopes to optimize design plans using computer modeling before bending metal on new prototypes. Kris Osborn at Warrior Maven reports. Continue reading original article

The Military & Aerospace Electronics take:

29 June 2020 -- Many of the initial requirements and vision for the Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle remain intact, yet the strategic developmental path has moved away from the immediate receipt of ready-built prototypes.

The service still wants the main element of its Next-Generation Combat Vehicle to emerge this decade, after having realigned its approach by putting a stop to the early prototyping, by instead using digital modeling to fast-track development.

The concept also is to improve technical quality at the same time. The Army seeks to be more efficient than fully constructing, testing, analyzing and assessing completed prototypes. Prototyping still will be part of the process; it is just that the Army seeks to leverage promising technologies digitally.

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John Keller, chief editor
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