Wednesday, July 23, 2014
Combat Vehicles
News on the Ground Combat Vehicle, Stryker, EFV follow-on and more
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.

DefenseAlert - 06/06/2014

The Pentagon's top acquisition official has approved the Marine Corps' Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 program's entry into the engineering and manufacturing development phase but is directing the service to conduct additional analysis of the program, according to service and industry sources.

Inside the Pentagon - 06/05/2014

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 regarding the GCV's transition into a much smaller science and technology project.

DefenseAlert - 06/04/2014

Senate authorizers want to shift about $52 million in fiscal year 2015 funding for the Amphibious Combat Vehicle funding "at the request of the Marine Corps," according to a report issued on Wednesday.

Inside the Navy - 06/02/2014

Science Applications International Corp. was one of two companies recently awarded $27 million contracts for legacy amphibious vehicle upgrades and the company took part in a post-award conference with the Marine Corps on May 28.

Inside the Army - 06/02/2014

The Army has tapped industry for information on the availability of modular active protection systems that can detect direct-fire threats aimed at ground vehicles.

DefenseAlert - 05/29/2014

The Marine Corps next week will seek Pentagon approval to advance its highest modernization priority, the Amphibious Combat Vehicle, even as the Office of the Secretary of Defense questions the sufficiency of the analysis underpinning the program's primary objective: a non-developmental armored personnel carrier.

DefenseAlert - 05/28/2014

After months of congressional lobbying, General Dynamics Land Systems has disclosed that it will not bid for the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle, exiting the competition before it officially begins.

Inside the Navy - 05/26/2014

The Marine Corps intends to upgrade the survivability of its legacy amphibious vehicle fleet under a cost cap of $1.65 million per vehicle or a total of $646.8 million, a stopgap move that will keep the vehicles in the fleet as the next-generation vehicle comes online.

Inside the Army - 05/26/2014

The Army went to Capitol Hill last week to defend its Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle acquisition strategy against efforts by General Dynamics Land Systems to persuade Congress to mandate the use of both tracked and wheeled vehicles, or a "mixed-fleet" solution.

DefenseAlert - 05/23/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee sought to protect most of the Army's acquisition programs in the $514 billion defense authorization legislation it passed this week, though it defied the service's wishes and moved to recommend the establishment of an independent commission to study the Army's controversial aviation restructure and force reduction strategy.

DefenseAlert - 05/22/2014

The Senate Armed Services Committee has passed a fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill authorizing $514 billion in base funding and protecting a variety of acquisition programs that were slated for budgets cuts, according to lawmakers who spoke at a May 22 press conference.

Inside the Army - 05/19/2014

BAE Systems last week stepped up efforts to protect the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program on Capitol Hill, countering ongoing attempts from rival General Dynamics Land Systems to upend the Army's planned acquisition strategy through congressional intervention.

Inside the Army - 05/19/2014

The Army has awarded a $163 million contract to General Dynamics Land Systems to convert 93 flat-bottom Stryker vehicles into double-V hull configurations, according to a Defense Department notice released May 12.

Inside the Army - 05/19/2014

The Army plans to release a sole-source solicitation to BAE Systems to produce at least 57 M88A2 recovery vehicles, according to a recent government notice.

Inside the Navy - 05/19/2014

General Dynamics Land Systems has requested a briefing from the Marine Corps on the Assault Amphibious Vehicle survivability upgrades contract award, which it lost May 9, according to a company spokesman.

DefenseAlert - 05/09/2014

The Marine Corps has awarded $27 million contracts to BAE Systems and Science Applications International Corp. for Assault Amphibious Vehicle survivability upgrades.

DefenseAlert - 05/07/2014

A proposed House Armed Services Committee bill would shift $6.8 billion among weapon system investment accounts in the Pentagon's fiscal year 2015 budget request and boost modernization spending by a total of $1.5 billion.

DefenseAlert - 05/05/2014

The House Armed Services Committee outlined its budgetary handiwork this week in the panel's full mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill, laying out acquisition program reductions and increases.

Inside the Navy - 05/05/2014

AM General is evaluating the requirements for the Marine Corps' Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 program and weighing whether to participate in the competition, a company official said last week.

Inside the Army - 05/05/2014

Rep. Bill Huizenga (R-MI) has written a letter in support of the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program, despite having earlier backed an effort that would replace it with a new strategy being pushed by General Dynamics Land Systems, according to a May 1 letter obtained by Inside the Army.

Inside the Army - 05/05/2014

House lawmakers have proposed legislation that would direct the Army to provide Congress with a report on the service's plans to replace existing M113 infantry carriers with non-developmental Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles, withholding 20 percent of the program's funding until the report is delivered.

Inside the Army - 05/05/2014

Army Secretary John McHugh praised the performance of the Stryker Double-V Hull vehicle in a Senate appearance last week, but warned lawmakers that a lack of funding would likely hinder further procurement.

DefenseAlert - 05/02/2014

The House Armed Services Committee is supporting the Marine Corps' plans to accelerate the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 program, providing an additional $85 million in its mark of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill.

DefenseAlert - 04/30/2014

House lawmakers have proposed legislation that would direct the Army to provide Congress with a report on the service's plans to replace existing M113 infantry carriers with non-developmental Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicles, withholding 20 percent of the program's funding until the report is delivered.

Inside the Army - 04/28/2014

General Dynamics Land Systems continues to fight the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle acquisition strategy on Capitol Hill, circulating a legislative proposal to upend the program that sources say has found powerful allies on the Senate Appropriations Committee.

Inside the Army - 04/28/2014

The Government Accountability Office supports the Defense Department's decision to waive competitive prototyping in the Army's upcoming Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program, according to a recent GAO report.

Inside the Army - 04/28/2014

The Army's next generation of ground vehicle science and technology efforts will be focused on increasing survivability and decreasing weight, with a special emphasis on modular active protection systems, energy-efficient engines and autonomous systems, according to a service official.

Inside the Navy - 04/28/2014

The Marine Corps recently released a request for information for Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 and is seeking a solution from industry that includes an accelerated acquisition schedule at an affordable cost.

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.