Monday, December 22, 2014
Combat Vehicles
News on the Ground Combat Vehicle, Stryker, EFV follow-on and more
DefenseAlert - 12/19/2014

The State Department has approved possible foreign military sales of 175 Abrams tanks to Iraq for $2.4 billion, along with 1,000 humvees for $579 million, according to recent announcements from the Defense Security Cooperation Agency.

DefenseAlert - 12/19/2014

Defense contractors continue to look to commercial markets, from private jets to health care technology, to cope with shrinking defense spending.

Inside the Army - 12/22/2014

The Army will explore a light vehicle type that would work in close concert with infantry formations, while also changing key assumptions for a new heavy vehicle program, a top official said.

DefenseAlert - 12/16/2014

The Army is asking industry to help solve one of the "top challenges" in ground combat vehicles: cooling their engines.

Inside the Army - 12/15/2014

The fiscal year 2015 omnibus appropriations bill fully funds plans for the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle but requests that the service examine the possibility of a mixed fleet.

DefenseAlert - 12/05/2014

Congressional allies of General Dynamics Land Systems are attempting a last-ditch effort to stall the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program as the service mulls awarding an engineering and manufacturing development contract to BAE Systems, according to memos and officials.

Inside the Army - 12/08/2014

House and Senate negotiators of the fiscal year 2015 defense authorization bill have approved pumping over $380 million in unrequested funds into the Army's vehicle accounts.

DefenseAlert - 12/02/2014

The Defense Acquisition Board is scheduled to consider advancing the Army's Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program into development on Dec. 9, according to an internal Pentagon document.

Inside the Army - 12/01/2014

The Army is hosting an industry day on Dec. 17 at Anniston Army Depot, AL, to brief companies on the effort to build a hydraulic powered system than can launch and retrieve a 60-foot bridge from the M1A1 Abrams tank.

Inside the Navy - 12/01/2014

NORFOLK, VA -- The Marine Corps recently sent its analysis of the Amphibious Combat Vehicle Increment 1.1 to the Office of the Secretary of Defense and anticipates a decision in either December or January, according to a service official.

DefenseAlert - 11/24/2014

The Defense Department seeks to add nearly 100 more Army combat vehicles to Eastern Europe by the end of 2015 as part of its pledge to help deter Russian aggression, according to the head of U.S. Army Europe.

Inside the Navy - 11/24/2014

The Marine Corps' primary ground priorities are modernizing its assault amphibian capability, replacing the legacy amphibious vehicle through a combination of complementary systems and replacing a portion of the humvee fleet, as laid out recently in a new strategy document.

Inside the Army - 11/17/2014

The Army is turning to industry for information on technologies needed to develop a network of trustworthy geolocation data systems.

DefenseAlert - 11/11/2014

The Army Research Lab's science and technology plan for fiscal year 2015 and beyond sketches out the service's goals toward molding a future generation of ground vehicles.

Inside the Navy - 11/10/2014

The Marine Corps is using the Defense Department's Better Buying Power initiatives to inform how it buys its next-generation amphibious vehicle, according to government and industry officials.

DefenseAlert - 11/06/2014

The Marine Corps has released a draft request for proposals for its next-generation amphibious vehicle, marking the start of a much-anticipated effort to replace the service's aging Amphibious Assault Vehicle.

Inside the Pentagon - 10/30/2014

U.S. Special Operations Command is soliciting input for an upcoming technological demonstration that seeks to reduce the chances of special operations forces and their vehicles being detected or targeted.

DefenseAlert - 10/28/2014

A think tank with close ties to the Pentagon has published a vision of U.S. future warfare dominated by sophisticated air and naval weaponry, to be financed by cutbacks in ground forces and associated equipment.

Inside the Army - 10/27/2014

Japan's Ground Self Defense Force is undergoing an ambitious overhaul to better repel a possible invasion of the country's contested southwest islands, a top Japanese general announced earlier this month.

Inside the Air Force - 10/24/2014

As the Air Force moves toward transitioning its vision for a next-generation airlifter from early developmental planning into the requirements-setting phase, its next moves are highly dependent on the direction the Army takes in pursuing a next-generation ground vehicle, according to an Air Mobility Command requirements official.

DefenseAlert - 10/21/2014

General Dynamics U.K. has awarded Lockheed Martin U.K. a $1 billion contract to provide 245 turrets for the Scout Specialist Vehicle GD has been pitching to the U.S. Army as a potential solution to the service's next-generation combat vehicle needs.

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.