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Combat Vehicles

May 20, 2020

The Army is planning to conduct a series of soldier touchpoints, or user evaluations, and operational assessments for the Terrestrial Layer System and expects to have the first unit equipped in the fourth quarter of fiscal year 2022, according to a service official.

May 7, 2020

The Army is on track to hit a key milestone this summer in the Extended Range Cannon Artillery program, transitioning a lead prototype of the service's top modernization priority from its birthplace as a science and technology project at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, to Warren, MI, setting the stage to proceed with production of follow-on variants, according to a senior official.

May 1, 2020

The Army earlier this month published a notice heralding plans to seek industry's help in reverse engineering a technical data package for the M109A7 hull and chassis -- the workhorse of the modernized self-propelled artillery fleet, including early variants of its top priority -- the Extended Range Artillery Cannon.

April 28, 2020

The Army earlier this month published a notice heralding plans to seek industry's help in reverse engineering a technical data package for the M109A7 hull and chassis -- the workhorse of the modernized self-propelled artillery fleet, including early variants of its top priority -- the Extended Range Artillery Cannon.

April 16, 2020

Fielding of the Integrated Visual Augmentation System for initial operational testing may be delayed up to a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to senior service officials.

April 10, 2020

The Army today issued a "narrative" for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program in place of an in-person industry day due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

April 2, 2020

A cohort of six companies has virtually submitted its "capability concepts" on how to automate artillery weapon supply chain systems, the service announced today.

March 27, 2020

The Marine Corps' new force design initiative raises questions about a future major vehicle program and the requirements for the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter in the 2030 fight.

March 23, 2020

As it gears up to fight China in a period of great power competition, the Marine Corps will trim the size of its F-35 Joint Strike Fighter squadrons and cut all tank battalions in the next 10 years.

March 9, 2020

YUMA PROVING GROUND, AZ -- The Army on Friday tested the new platform for its Extended Range Cannon Artillery program, shooting two projectiles 65 kilometers to demonstrate the future long-range capability for multidomain battle.

March 4, 2020

Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy today said the service’s decision to cancel and restart its Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle solicitation at the start of the year "was received very well" by Congress, while Army leaders are still declining to put forward a detailed timeline for development.

February 20, 2020

The Army is issuing a request for prototype proposals for the Modular Active Protection System, according to a recent notice.

February 14, 2020

The Army has approved the M109A7 self-propelled howitzer, also known as Paladin Integrated Management, to enter full-rate production, Inside Defense has learned.

February 7, 2020

The Army has launched an effort to identify "5th generation combat vehicle technologies" as part of a new anti-armor study that aims to produce a roadmap for building a tank meant to counter projected threats in 2040.

February 7, 2020

For the second time, Army is opening the competition for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle, releasing today a new market survey tied to a minimally prescriptive wish list and a strategy that shifts most of the initial cost burden to the service, in a bid to regain industry's trust after a faulty start.

February 6, 2020

The Marine Corps' new Amphibious Combat Vehicle showed lower reliability growth than anticipated, according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

February 3, 2020

The Army expects BAE Systems' delivery of the first low-rate initial production Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle in March, which reflects a two-month delay that "will have a significant effect on the remaining test schedule," according to the Pentagon's top weapons tester.

January 24, 2020

The director of the Army's long-range precision fires cross-functional team said last week the first prototype of the Extended Range Cannon Artillery platform at Picatinny Arsenal, NJ, is "nearly assembled."

January 21, 2020

Army Chief of Staff Gen. James McConville today said the Army will do more in the future to negotiate with industry on requirements for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle program, which the service canceled last week in its prototype phase.

January 17, 2020

A top Pentagon acquisition official says he is "proud" of the Army for heading back to the drawing board after canceling its initial plans to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, but urged the service to be more flexible with the requirements it sets for defense contractors.

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