Thursday, April 24, 2014
Combat Vehicles
News on the Ground Combat Vehicle, Stryker, EFV follow-on and more
Inside the Army - 04/21/2014

The Army has moved the award date for its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle contract from the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 to the second quarter, a move that coincides with General Dynamics Land Systems' decision to forgo protesting the service's AMPV acquisition strategy with the Government Accountability Office.

DefenseAlert - 04/17/2014

The size of the Pentagon's major weapon system acquisition portfolio held steady over the last year at $1.6 trillion, with seven programs added and six programs removed because they are near the end of the procurement cycle.

DefenseAlert - 04/15/2014

The Army has moved the award date for its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle contract from the first quarter of fiscal year 2015 to the second quarter, a move that coincides with General Dynamics Land Systems' decision to forgo protesting the service's AMPV acquisition strategy with the Government Accountability Office.

Inside the Army - 04/14/2014

Army Materiel Command recently denied a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems alleging that the service's request for proposals for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program was unfairly tilted in favor of BAE Systems, according to statements from the Army and GDLS.

Inside the Navy - 04/14/2014

The Marine Corps wants to shift funding for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle concept in 2014 and 2015, according to the service's top requirements officer.

DefenseAlert - 04/09/2014

The U.S. Court of Federal Claims has ruled against AM General's protest of a Ground Mobility Vehicle contract awarded last year by U.S. Special Operations Command to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems, according to a court document.

DefenseAlert - 04/09/2014

The Marine Corps wants to shift funding for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle concept in 2014 and 2015, according to the service's top requirements officer.

DefenseAlert - 04/04/2014

Army Materiel Command has denied a protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems which alleged that the service's request for proposals for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program was unfairly tilted in favor of BAE Systems, according to a statement from GDLS.

Inside the Army - 04/07/2014

Ten House lawmakers sent a letter to Pentagon acquisition executive Frank Kendall last week asking that he rewrite the Army's strategy for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle and substitute a new, "mixed fleet" approach advocated by General Dynamics Land Systems.

Inside the Army - 04/07/2014

Lawmakers and the Army are again at odds over how much funding and work the service is providing contractors and suppliers in the combat vehicle industrial base.

DefenseAlert - 04/02/2014

The Marine Corps is looking for a high water speed "connector" like the Joint High Speed Vessel to ferry its next-generation amphibious vehicle ashore, the service's top requirements officer said today.

Inside the Navy - 03/31/2014

The Marine Corps is looking to expand the seating requirement for its next-generation wheeled amphibious vehicle as part of restructuring the Amphibious Combat Vehicle concept, according to the service's top requirements official.

Inside the Army - 03/31/2014

Congressional opponents and supporters of the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle strategy questioned the service last week about its plans to acquire the next-generation infantry carrier.

Inside the Army - 03/31/2014

Army Secretary John McHugh and Chief of Staff Raymond Odierno told lawmakers last week that the service is committed to protecting its combat vehicle industrial base, but noted that today's era of sequestration-triggered austerity would limit its options.

DefenseAlert - 03/25/2014

Three years after terminating the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, the Marine Corps has solidified a plan to modernize its aging assault amphibious vehicle fleet by indefinitely deferring a high water speed capability and proceeding instead with the procurement of a non-developmental wheeled combat personnel carrier.

Inside the Army - 03/24/2014

Army Materiel Command on April 4 is scheduled to conclude its review of an agency protest filed by General Dynamics Land Systems over the service's proposed acquisition strategy for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program, according to a spokesman for GDLS.

Inside the Navy - 03/17/2014

The Marine Corps is drastically shifting its ground vehicle modernization strategy by purchasing a wheeled assault version over a tracked assault vehicle in the future years defense plan, according to service budget documents and industry sources.

Inside the Army - 03/17/2014

The planned termination of the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle has positioned the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle as one of the service's top acquisition priorities, and the competition for the AMPV contract promises to be fierce as General Dynamics Land Systems squares off against rival BAE Systems.

Inside the Army - 03/17/2014

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno said last week that the service must pursue science and technology investments for a next-generation Ground Combat Vehicle for at least the next four years so a formal acquisition program can be established when the Pentagon is better prepared to fund it.

Inside the Army - 03/10/2014

The Army has set aside $50 million in fiscal year 2015 for industry to take part in a science and technology effort intended to preserve the engineering base associated with its soon-to-be cancelled Ground Combat Vehicle program.

Inside the Army - 03/10/2014

The Army made clear in its fiscal year 2015 budget request last week that its ground vehicle modernization strategy involves upgrading existing systems rather than buying new ones.

Inside the Army - 03/10/2014

As the Army prepares to mothball the Ground Combat Vehicle program until brighter budget days, the science and technology community stands to benefit from an increased focus on active protection system study projects, according to the Defense Department's fiscal year 2015 budget request.

DefenseAlert - 03/04/2014

The Army has made no secret of its intent to take increased risk in many modernization programs, and its fiscal year 2015 budget request reflects that plan with the service backing away from the Ground Combat Vehicle, canceling a next-generation scout helicopter program and delaying enhanced on-the-move networking capabilities, according to budget documents released today.

Inside the Navy - 03/03/2014

Facing many questions over the future direction of its combat vehicle program, the Marine Corps is "not going to drag [its] feet" on moving ahead with an amphibious vehicle strategy and will fund research efforts in the 2015 budget toward a solution for getting Marines ashore, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos told Inside the Navy late last week.

Inside the Navy - 03/03/2014

In a time of uncertainty for the Marine Corps' ground vehicle community Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel last week directed service leadership to deliver a new, realistic vision for vehicle modernization by the end of the fiscal year.

Inside the Army - 03/03/2014

Heidi Shyu, the Army's acquisition executive, said last week that the terminated Ground Combat Vehicle program will be transitioned into a science and technology project involving industry and government laboratories.

DefenseAlert - 02/28/2014

General Dynamics Land Systems has been lobbying Congress this week to intervene in the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program, asking that lawmakers refuse to fund the AMPV effort until the service puts forth an acquisition plan GDLS feels is more competitive, according to congressional sources and documents.

Inside the Pentagon - 02/27/2014

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel's termination of the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle this week caps the service's latest pledge to improve its acquisition fortunes, following revelations several years ago that the Army had been spending billions of dollars annually on programs that were never fielded.

Inside the Navy - 02/24/2014

The Marine Corps is looking to industry for what is in the realm of the possible for a remotely operated armament subsystem for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Army - 02/24/2014

HUNSTVILLE, AL -- As the Army prepares to mothball its Ground Combat Vehicle program, questions remain regarding how it might live on as a scaled-down science and technology project.

DefenseAlert - 02/20/2014

HUNSTVILLE, AL -- General Dynamics Land Systems has filed an agency protest with Army Materiel Command over a request for proposals for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, the company has confirmed.

DefenseAlert - 02/18/2014

The Army is poised to close a solicitation for Bradley Fighting Vehicle upgrades this week and will begin assessing industry proposals soon thereafter.

Inside the Army - 02/17/2014

Army officials at Ft. Benning's Maneuver Center of Excellence are planning to shoot a 30mm cannon from a Stryker vehicle, but they want to be clear: The experiment is a demonstration, not a test.

Inside the Navy - 02/10/2014

The Amphibious Combat Vehicle will be delayed and there are discussions on resurrecting the Marine Personnel Carrier program and incorporating Assault Amphibious Vehicle upgrades in the near term, according to service, industry and congressional sources.

Inside the Army - 02/10/2014

The Army, using unrequested funds provided by Congress in fiscal year 2013, recently awarded General Dynamics Land Systems $73 million to upgrade 12 Abrams tanks, according to the company.

Inside the Army - 02/10/2014

General Dynamics Land Systems is preparing to participate in an Army demonstration showcasing a Stryker vehicle featuring a 30mm gun, according to a company spokesman.

Inside the Army - 02/03/2014

While the past few weeks have not been good ones for the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle, with lawmakers slashing the program's budget and the chief of staff publicly acknowledging that GCV has become unaffordable, the effort may live on still as some kind of study project, according to officials.

Inside the Army - 02/03/2014

The Bradley Fighting Vehicle is a suitable design upon which to base an Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, according to the Defense Department's top weapons testers, who came to a different conclusion last year when they identified "severe vulnerabilities" in the Bradley's underbody.

Inside the Army - 02/03/2014

The Army recently extended the deadline for industry to respond to a request for proposals for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program from Feb. 24 to May 28 after General Dynamics Land Systems requested additional time, according to the company.

Inside the Army - 01/27/2014

While the death knell continued to sound last week for the Ground Combat Vehicle, the Army quietly released a notice to industry requesting information about a new, air-droppable Ultra Light Combat Vehicle that some speculate could be the future of the service's protected mobility strategy.

Inside the Army - 01/27/2014

The CEO of General Dynamics said last week that the company experienced a loss of revenue in its combat vehicle business due to Army budget cuts in 2013.

DefenseAlert - 01/23/2014

Army Chief of Staff Gen. Raymond Odierno spoke in frank terms this morning about the fiscal pressures impacting his service's future modernization plans, making it clear that any large development programs would have to wait, possibly for another decade.

Inside the Navy - 01/20/2014

Navy and Marine Corps officials have reviewed the most recent version of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle feasibility study and any decisions made will be tied to the fiscal year 2015 budget request, according to the Navy's top acquisition official.

Inside the Army - 01/20/2014

While the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle program is poised for termination due to dramatic cuts in the fiscal year 2014 defense spending bill, an array of other combat vehicle programs received fresh injections of unrequested cash from Congress.

Inside the Army - 01/20/2014

The Army plans to spend $18.5 million in fiscal year 2014 to support the advance purchase of Cummins-made engines for the Paladin Integrated Management system, which would help maintain the health of the industrial base, according to recent legislation and industry officials.

Inside the Army - 01/20/2014

The second increment of the Army's Warfighter Information Network-Tactical program is slated to be installed on multiple Stryker vehicles later this year, despite being dealt a hefty blow by lawmakers in the latest defense spending bill, according to a service official.

DefenseAlert - 01/14/2014

Lawmakers dealt a heavy blow to the Army's troubled Ground Combat Vehicle program in the fiscal year 2014 defense spending bill by slashing the service's $592 million program request to just $100 million.

Inside the Army - 01/13/2014

AM General has filed suit against U.S. Special Operations Command after the company lost a $562 million contract for SOCOM's next-generation Ground Mobility Vehicle to General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems.

Inside the Navy - 01/13/2014

The Amphibious Combat Vehicle team briefed Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos in late December on the status of the group's efforts and the team continues to research and engage with industry and academia to develop requirements for the program, according to a service spokesman.

Inside the Army - 01/06/2014

The Army is interested in developing an open system architecture that would allow it to procure new satellite communications antennas to establish on-the-move communications in armored combat vehicles, according to a request for information issued last month.