Monday, October 20, 2014
Combat Vehicles
News on the Ground Combat Vehicle, Stryker, EFV follow-on and more
Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

The Army is targeting fiscal year 2016 as a major decision point for whether it will launch a next-generation combat vehicle program in FY-21 or instead pursue more upgrades of the Bradley, according to officials overseeing the effort.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

The Army's acquisition executive recently highlighted the use of Congressional plus-ups to fund parts of the vehicle industrial base as an example of the service creating a lifeline for fragile suppliers during times of fiscal uncertainty.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

General Dynamics Land Systems, which failed to outmaneuver BAE Systems to win a place in the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program to replace Vietnam-era M113 infantry carriers, is setting the stage to again square off against its rival, this time in the race to replace outdated M113 engineering vehicles.

Inside the Army - 10/20/2014

The Army has presented lawmakers with a list of policies it considers hindrances in making the acquisition system more efficient, a top service official said.

DefenseAlert - 10/16/2014

The United States will be permanently stationing additional military equipment in Europe in the near future, signaling increased readiness against Russian aggression in Eastern Europe, according to an Army official.

DefenseAlert - 10/14/2014

The Army's top acquisition official has approved the purchase of a fourth brigade of Stryker vehicles with the double-V hull, the Army announced on Monday.

Inside the Army - 10/06/2014

It is unlikely that technology will solve the weight problems associated with a future nine-man vehicle, and the solution may lie in splitting an infantry squad into two, according to a top official at the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

The Marine Corps plans to develop tactics, techniques and procedures for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 once prototypes are delivered from two vendors, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 10/06/2014

The Marine Corps will hold a paper down select between two vendors this spring for its Assault Amphibious Vehicle survivability upgrade effort, according to a service official.

DefenseAlert - 10/01/2014

It is unlikely that technology will solve the weight problems associated with a future nine-man vehicle, and the solution may lie in splitting an infantry squad into two, according to a top official at the Army's Maneuver Center of Excellence.

Inside the Navy - 09/29/2014

The Marine Corps plans to release its first draft request for proposals for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 program in October and a second iteration of the document in February, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 09/29/2014

The Army this month asked defense contractors to submit proposals for a new Abrams round capable of killing teams of anti-tank infantry from a distance.

Inside the Navy - 09/22/2014

The Marine Corps will brief industry on its Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 program this week and recently responded to questions from industry posed after a July industry day on the program.

DefenseAlert - 09/09/2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency last week briefed an array of engineers and designers who are eying participation in the agency's new Ground X-Vehicle Technology program, which is intended to explore a variety of approaches, including autonomous technology, to decrease combat vehicle weight.

Inside the Navy - 09/08/2014

Industry representatives see as a good sign the fact that Marines will wrap up an operational analysis of alternatives for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 program in early October because the program can maintain its aggressive schedule, according to several sources.

Inside the Pentagon - 09/04/2014

Frank Kendall, the Pentagon's acquisition chief, said this week he is most concerned about preserving the engineering aspects of three specific components of the defense industrial base: ground combat vehicles, high-performance aircraft and surface combat ships.

Inside the Army - 09/01/2014

The Army last week announced it would be sending soldiers armed with Abrams tanks and Bradley Fighting Vehicles to take part in ongoing combat exercises in Eastern Europe amid what the president has called a Russian "incursion" into Ukraine.

Inside the Army - 09/01/2014

The Army is planning to release a request for proposals for a new bridge launcher mechanism that can be permanently mounted on Abrams tanks, according to a recent government notice.

Inside the Army - 09/01/2014

The Army is preparing to accept bids for a logistics and training support contract aimed at sustaining the fleet of vehicles used by Afghanistan's mobile strike forces, according to a recent government notice that labeled the program as "critical" to the U.S. drawdown effort.

Inside the Navy - 09/01/2014

The concept of employment for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 was briefed to Marine Corps leadership last week, while the service continues conducting an operational analysis of alternatives for the vehicle, according to a service official.

Inside the Army - 08/25/2014

BAE Systems, which has consistently lobbied Congress in recent years to protect its production lines amid plummeting U.S. military spending on combat vehicles, is pushing for a new science and technology program aimed at preserving specialized turret work on its Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

Inside the Army - 08/25/2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency last week launched the latest development effort aimed at decreasing the weight of American combat vehicles.

DefenseAlert - 08/19/2014

The Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency this week launched the latest development effort aimed at decreasing the weight of American combat vehicles.

Inside the Army - 08/18/2014

The Army launched its new Future Fighting Vehicle effort last week when it awarded contracts to BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems to continue developing technologies from the canceled Ground Combat Vehicle program.

DefenseAlert - 08/12/2014

House appropriators have denied the Pentagon's request to reprogram $72 million from efforts to upgrade the Army's Paladin Self-propelled Howitzer artillery system, according to multiple sources close to the issue.

Inside the Army - 08/11/2014

The Army is seeking information from vendors regarding the possible replacement of the current 180 amp alternator for the Field Artillery Ammunition Support Vehicle, according to a recent request for information.

Inside the Navy - 08/11/2014

The Marine Corps' top modernization program, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, will not be impacted if a continuing resolution goes into effect, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 08/04/2014

The Marine Corps made adjustments to its Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 requirements after industry demonstrated vehicles for the Marine Personnel Carrier program, according to a service spokesman.

DefenseAlert - 07/31/2014

The Army is turning to industry and academic sources for information on future trends in material technology to support the possible development of a Lightweight Combat Vehicle.

Inside the Pentagon - 07/31/2014

The special inspector general for Afghan reconstruction has found that Textron Marine and Land Systems has not been able to properly service a $660 million fleet of mobile strike vehicles delivered to Afghan military due to a lack of security for contractors.

Inside the Army - 07/28/2014

General Dynamics Land Systems and BAE Systems are slated to receive small "bridge contracts" next month to sustain engineering work on certain portions of the canceled Ground Combat Vehicle program until Congress approves a fiscal year 2015 budget, according to multiple sources in government and industry.

Inside the Navy - 07/28/2014

The Marine Corps announced it had enhanced the swim requirements for its Amphibious Combat Vehicle 1.1 program beyond what was initially envisioned for the Marine Personnel Carrier program at an industry day this month, according to industry sources.

Inside the Army - 07/21/2014

The Senate Appropriations Committee last week approved a fiscal year 2015 spending bill that includes a number of unrequested increases to the Army's combat vehicle accounts.

Inside the Navy - 07/21/2014

Senate appropriators are concerned with aspects of the proposed acceleration of the Marine Corps' Amphibious Combat Vehicle program, such as inadequate test schedules and excessive numbers of prototypes, according to the report accompanying the Senate committee's version of the fiscal year 2015 defense spending bill.

DefenseAlert - 07/15/2014

The Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee has supported an array of Pentagon weapons programs in its $549.3 billion military spending bill for fiscal year 2015, including the Air Force's fleet of A-10 aircraft; the Army's combat vehicle industrial base; and the Navy's modernization of USS George Washington (CVN 73) and fleet of EA-18G Growlers.

DefenseAlert - 07/09/2014

The Army has sent Congress a plan for how it will spend $90 million lawmakers added to the service's Abrams tank program in fiscal year 2014 to help shore up the combat vehicle industrial base, though some of the money will go toward establishing "leaner" tank production processes, according to an internal presentation obtained by InsideDefense.com.

DefenseAlert - 07/08/2014

The Army has completed its long-awaited analysis of the combat vehicle industrial base, briefing Capitol Hill this week on an array of controversial findings that show ample opportunity exists for consolidation, according to an internal slide presentation obtained by InsideDefense.com.

Inside the Army - 07/07/2014

The Digital Manufacturing and Design Innovation Institute, based in Chicago, IL, is calling for industry proposals to transition technologies developed in the Adaptive Vehicle Make program sponsored by the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency.

Inside the Navy - 06/30/2014

The Marine Corps estimates its next-generation amphibious vehicle will cost about $5 million to $6 million a copy, $10 million less than projected for a previous amphibious vehicle design, according to a top service official.

Inside the Army - 06/30/2014

Two Democrats have added their names to the list of BAE Systems supporters who have made overtures to the Senate Appropriations defense subcommittee -- chaired by Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) -- to support the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle budget request for fiscal year 2015 without succumbing to industry forces lobbying for changes to the service's AMPV acquisition strategy.

DefenseAlert - 06/27/2014

The Pentagon is seeking an additional $6.1 billion for new weapons as part of a $58.6 billion fiscal year 2015 Overseas Contingency Operations spending package, hoping to replenish ammunition expended during operations in Afghanistan, replace aircraft and vehicles lost in combat and lift the administration's total FY-15 weapons modernization request from $154 billion to $160 billion.

DefenseAlert - 06/26/2014

The Marine Corps is estimating its next-generation amphibious vehicle will cost about $5 million a copy, $10 million less than projected for a previous amphibious vehicle design, according to a top service official.

Inside the Navy - 06/23/2014

The Marine Corps will host an industry day in July for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 program, with the event being prompted by industry questions to a request for information that was released by the service in the spring, according to a Federal Business Opportunities notice.

Inside the Army - 06/23/2014

The Army's plan for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program has been approved by three congressional defense committees, but lawmakers and Army officials advocating for the program are concerned that Senate appropriators will seek to upend the AMPV's acquisition strategy when they take up their defense spending bill next month.

Inside the Army - 06/23/2014

BAE Systems is poised to ink more than $240 million in foreign military sales contracts with Brazil to upgrade the country's self-propelled howitzers and M113 infantry carriers, according to the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

Inside the Navy - 06/16/2014

Lockheed Martin is looking to modify its Marine Personnel Carrier offering to the Marine Corps for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 program by expanding the seating capacity, according to a company executive.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/12/2014

The House Appropriations Committee approved a fiscal year 2015 defense spending bill that fully funds the Army's request to launch a program to replace its Vietnam-era M113 infantry carriers with a new family of non-developmental vehicles.

Inside the Army - 06/09/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants to inject unrequested funding into most of the Army's ground vehicle programs, but less than in recent years for the Abrams tank, according to the committee's report on the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

Inside the Army - 06/09/2014

As the technology-development contracts for the Army's canceled Ground Combat Vehicle were set to expire June 4, industry officials said they were still awaiting word from the service about the GCV's transition into a much smaller science and technology project.

Inside the Army - 06/09/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee wants the Army to compete a portion of a $5 billion support contract for the Stryker family of vehicles, which the service has historically given to contractor General Dynamics Land Systems on a no-bid basis.