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Combat Vehicles

June 16, 2021

The Army held a live-fire demonstration of the Autonomous Multi-Domain Launcher, a robotic version of the High Mobility Artillery Rocket System that is in the early phases of development, today at Ft. Sill, OK.

June 15, 2021

The Army is developing a common robotic controller software that should make it easier for soldiers to operate a bevy of robots on the future battlefield, according to officials from the Ground Vehicle Systems Center.

June 8, 2021

Army leaders might have to consider allocating a greater share of funding to research and procurement in future years if the service does not receive a higher topline budget to complete its modernization programs, a senior official told lawmakers June 7.

June 2, 2021

Funding for the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team's programs was mostly preserved in the fiscal year 2022 budget request released May 28 by the Biden administration, especially for programs that are still in development.

June 1, 2021

The Army would cut funding for its M1 Abrams main battle tanks and related ground vehicles under the fiscal year 2022 budget request released May 28 by the Biden administration.

June 1, 2021

The Army has managed to protect its top modernization programs despite taking a hit in its fiscal year 2022 budget request, according to budget documents released last week.

May 28, 2021

Some of the Army's newest ground vehicles would have their funding slashed under the fiscal year 2022 budget request released today by the Biden administration, as the Army seeks to cut procurement costs while protecting modernization funding.

May 28, 2021

The Army, after eliminating seven programs in fiscal year 2022, will reinvest $47.8 million into next generation capabilities that support multidomain operations, according to the service's budget request released today.

May 28, 2021

Despite repeated statements from lawmakers and the Navy itself that the fleet needs to grow to counter China, the Navy plans to procure just eight ships in the Biden administration's fiscal year 2022 budget.

May 28, 2021

The Pentagon is seeking $245.6 billion in total modernization funds for fiscal year 2022, a $2.4 billion increase above what Congress enacted in FY-21, though the department plans to reduce procurement and divest some "outdated" weapon systems.

May 24, 2021

The Biden administration will send its fiscal year 2022 defense budget request to Congress on Friday, setting the stage for debates on spending levels, modernization priorities and the potential divestiture of weapon systems deemed unsuitable for competition with China, the Pentagon's "pacing challenge."

May 17, 2021

The Army has invested $24 billion in a new priority of 30 programs considered "key enablers" that are directly tied to the service's top modernization efforts, Lt. Gen. James Pasquarette, deputy chief of staff (G-8), said last week.

May 14, 2021

The Army's experiments with soldiers and Robotic Combat Vehicles are "mythbusting" the ways that robots will and will not change the battlefield, Maj. Gen. Ross Coffman, the director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle Cross-Functional Team, told Inside Defense in a May 5 interview.

May 11, 2021

The Infantry Squad Vehicle program is an example of how quickly Army acquisition programs can move from prototype to production, a service official said May 4 at the official opening of a facility in Concord, NC, where GM Defense will build the vehicle.

May 6, 2021

General Dynamics is aiming to build on its technology demonstration prototype as it bids to develop and build the Marine Corps Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle.

May 4, 2021

About 150 members of the National Advanced Mobility Consortium attended an April 28 industry day on the Army's Common Modular Open Architecture, the largest industry engagement to date for the program, a service official said May 3.

May 4, 2021

Textron Systems has designed, constructed and tested an Advanced Reconnaissance Vehicle prototype ahead of the competition for the program, the company announced Tuesday.

April 26, 2021

The Marine Corps will activate, deactivate, or reorganize various units across its aviation, logistics and ground combat forces as the service moves to implement Commandant David Berger's force design efforts, including exploring a transition into a majority-unmanned aviation force.

April 23, 2021

The four bids from major defense contractors the Army has received for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle are a sign that the new competition is going well, multiple analysts told Inside Defense this week.

April 16, 2021

The three companies that participated in the first iteration of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle competition -- BAE Systems, General Dynamics Land Systems and American Rheinmetall -- have all announced they will bid for the new OMFV program.