Army issues solicitation for Phases 3 and 4 of crew-optional combat vehicles

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The U.S. Army has launched a competition to submit a detailed design and build and test prototypes for the Optional manned combat vehicle program.

The third and fourth phases of the OMFV program will involve efforts to mature vehicle designs and verify prototype performance during limited user testing and other testing activities, the service said Friday.

The military branch wants the five-phase program to advance the adoption of digital engineering practices through the use of Agile software development and model-based systems engineering.

Brig. Gen. Glenn Dean, director of the ground combat systems program in the Office of the Assistant Secretary of the Army for Acquisition, Logistics, and Technology, said adoption of these principles would support integration, rapid testing and deployment of future technologies.

The Army plans to award up to three contracts for the Detailed Design Phase or Phase 3 through a full, open competition in the third quarter of fiscal year 2023. Vendors will then move to develop and test up to 11 prototypes and provide digital engineering data, two ballistic hulls and turrets, and armor coupons as part of Phase 4.

As part of the fifth phase, the service will select a bidder to begin initial low-rate production under Milestone C by the end of fiscal year 2027 and expects the program to achieve first unit equipped status. by fiscal year 2029.

According to the RFP, the Army is finalizing LRIP contract criteria, but is considering open systems modular approach compliance, performance, end-to-end digital thread, proprietary rights intellectual property provided, average unit manufacturing price and manufacturability.

Maj. Gen. Ross Coffman, director of the Next Generation Fighting Vehicles Cross-Functional Team, said the service expects the OMFV program to transform the way armored brigade combat teams fight in the world. future by facilitating the integration of new technologies through the use of a modular system. open system architecture and providing more lethality in combat while reducing risk to combatants.

Proposals for the OMFV Phase 3 and 4 tender are due November 1st.

In July 2021, the military granted approximately $299.4 million in contracts to companies at close range, Defense of Oshkosh, BAE systems, General dynamics (NYSE: GD) and American Rheinmetall Vehicles to develop digital concepts as part of the second phase of the OMFV program. Work on these contracts will continue until December.

In July 2020, the military issued a solicitation draft for the initial design phase of the OMFV program, marking the relaunch of competition to replace the service’s Bradley Fighting Vehicles. This decision came six months after the military branch decided to drop the competition review the program’s acquisition strategy.

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