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Combat Vehicles

January 15, 2021

The adoption of open and modular architectures on the Army's ground vehicles could increase the number of subsystems that make up a vehicle, a defense industry expert at the Center for Strategic and International Studies told Inside Defense last week.

January 14, 2021

An annual report from the Pentagon's director of operational test and evaluation, released Jan. 13, detailed novel and continuing problems with the Army's newest ground vehicles.

January 13, 2021

The Pentagon's chief weapons tester says the government needs to spend the next 10 years updating weapons testing processes and infrastructure, paying special attention to space and cyber capabilities.

January 12, 2021

Budget fluctuations, program uncertainty and manufacturer capacity constraints have created a "fragile market" for military ground vehicles, according to the Defense Department's latest industrial capabilities report.

January 11, 2021

The Army could adapt the open and modular architecture being developed for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle to other ground vehicles, Bruce Jette, the Army's acquisition executive, told Inside Defense last week.

December 22, 2020

The Army will receive nearly double the funding it requested in fiscal year 2021 for the Family of Medium Technical Vehicles under an omnibus appropriations bill Congress passed on the evening of Dec. 21.

December 18, 2020

The Army today released a request for proposals for the concept design phase of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program after restarting the competition earlier this year, service officials told reporters today.

December 18, 2020

The Army contest to find an off-the-shelf wheeled 155 mm howitzer will have at least three contenders: BAE Systems, Elbit America, Global Military Products, with AM General, another potential player, unwilling to comment on its status in the competition.

December 11, 2020

The Marine Corps has awarded BAE Systems a $184 million contract for 36 full-rate production Amphibious Combat Vehicles following the program's initial operational capability declaration last month.

December 9, 2020

Army officials painted a clearer picture of the service's expectations and requirements for Phase 2 of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program, noting during an industry day today that survivability and mobility are the top two characteristics for the vehicle.

December 8, 2020

The Army will begin delivering prototypes of "increment zero" of its Command Post Integrated Infrastructure program, an effort to repackage network and computing equipment onto formation-appropriate mission command platforms and command post vehicles, within the next several weeks.

December 8, 2020

A full accounting of the increased supply chain costs the coronavirus pandemic created for some of the Army's largest ground vehicles might not be available for "two to three years," a senior official said Dec. 8.

November 17, 2020

The Army is calling for white papers on three capabilities it is asking industry to provide input for on its next integrated tactical network set, including moving away from the traditional tent-based command post to a vehicle-based command post.

November 12, 2020

The Army yesterday released a request for information to procure a Man-Portable Air Defense System-capable interceptor intended to replace the current Stinger system for its Maneuver-Short Range Air Defense program.

October 19, 2020

The Army's new contest to find a wheeled 155 mm howitzer will have at least two candidates, with BAE Systems today announcing it is offering the Archer, in service with the Swedish army, and AM General offering its Brutus, a M777 cannon mounted on a Family of Medium Tactical Vehicles truck.

October 8, 2020

General Dynamics Land Systems is on track to deliver 12 Mobile Protected Firepower prototype vehicles by the end of the year, a company spokesman told Inside Defense last week.

September 25, 2020

Army officials are holding in abeyance a recommendation to certify to lawmakers that the Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle program is on a solid footing -- an endorsement withheld last year in the wake of production start-up challenges on the $15.4 billion program -- while keeping a close eye on results of upcoming tests of the new BAE Systems-built combat system.

September 22, 2020

The Marine Corps is examining top-level requirements for ground robotics programs, Maj. Gen. Kevin Iiams said Tuesday.

September 18, 2020

The Army has updated its draft request for proposals for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, deleting a provision that would have allowed a service organization to submit a proposal.

September 16, 2020

The White House has sent the Senate Armed Services Committee a list of provisions in the fiscal year 2021 defense authorization bill it does not like, but chose to lead with one President Trump has said would make him veto the entire must-pass bill -- the re-naming of U.S. military bases that currently honor Confederate leaders.