Army asks industry to build optionally manned armored combat vehicle to help battlefield soldiers maneuver

WARREN, Mich. – The U.S. Army on Friday issued a request for proposals to competitively build next-generation combat vehicle prototypes. Defense News reports.

Apr 3rd, 2019
Army asks industry to build optionally manned armored combat vehicle to help battlefield soldiers maneuver
Army asks industry to build optionally manned armored combat vehicle to help battlefield soldiers maneuver
WARREN, Mich. – The U.S. Army on Friday issued a request for proposals (RFP) to competitively build next-generation armored combat vehicle prototypes. Defense News reports. Continue reading original article

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3 April 2019 -- The RFP for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle - Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (NGCV-OMFV) opens up competition for industry to provide optionally manned fighting vehicle prototype designs. From that pool, the Army will choose — in the second quarter of fiscal 2020 — as many as two teams to build 14 prototypes.

The OMFV is to replace the M2 Bradley Fighting Vehicle starting in 2026 and enable soldiers to maneuver quickly on the battlefield, as well as deliver infantry soldiers and firepower where they are needed most.

The OMFV is expected to have a 30-millimeter cannon and a second-generation forward-looking infrared system (FLIR) with later upgrades potentially to a 50-millimeter cannon and third-generation FLIR.

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