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Combat Vehicles

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

U.S. Army Special Operations Command is pursuing a new light ground vehicle as it eyes gaps in its ground mobility capabilities, according to a top service official.

“We’re looking to find a light vehicle -- a new version of it that can be transported by a Chinook and that can do our long-range infiltration requirements,” said Maj. Gen. Kurt Fuller, deputy commander of USASOC, at a Feb. 15 Association of the U.S. Army event.

February 15, 2011 | Daily News

The New Amphibious Vehicle that Marine Corps generals have called for acquiring in fewer than eight years is not slated to reach initial operational capability until 2024, a senior Marine Corps budget official said today.

The Defense Department is launching the new initiative to replace the multibillion-dollar Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, which the department considers unaffordable and plans to terminate. The department is in discussions with prime contractor General Dynamics about EFV termination.

February 14, 2011 | Daily News

The Army today asked Congress for a fiscal year 2012 base budget of $145 billion, plus $71 billion for war costs, seeking a significant plus-up for aviation programs and requesting $884 million to develop the Ground Combat Vehicle.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

Giving a green light to a large and potentially lucrative
modernization effort, the secretary of the Army has told Capitol Hill lawmakers
that the service plans to begin upgrading its Stryker vehicle this fiscal year
and has scheduled a major development decision for April, according to
government documents.

February 11, 2011 | Inside the Army

The chief of the Army's Tank-automotive and Armaments Command
spoke last week about the importance of making technological advancements to
vehicle platforms in the face of constraining budgets, laying out a basic wish
list for the command and the service.

February 02, 2011 | Daily News

Navy and Marine Corps efforts to plow savings from efficiencies into investment accounts will permit the purchase of additional aircraft and eliminate the services' strike fighter shortfall, add $400 million to accelerate by three years the procurement of the Marine Personnel Carrier and a nearly $500 million boost to radio and small arms accounts, according to Navy Under Secretary Robert Work.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

A new
congressional report lays out a case for proceeding at a "more measured and
introspective pace" with the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle and infantry brigade
modernization programs while service officials determine the impact of a
recently announced end-strength cut and a proposed reorganization of its
brigade combat teams.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Army

Army Vice
Chief Gen. Peter Chiarelli last week touted preliminary results of tests
involving a double-v-shaped hull for the Stryker vehicle, offering a high-level
assessment that signals the service could soon move forward with a "broader"
modernization effort for the vehicle.

January 28, 2011 | Inside the Navy
General Dynamics claims that it can keep per-hull costs steady while slashing the number of Expeditionary Fighting Vehicles it builds for the Marine Corps from 573 to 200 in a last-ditch attempt to save the program.
January 27, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

The Pentagon's plan to terminate the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle received a chilly reception Wednesday from the House Armed Services Committee at the first congressional hearing on the department's recently announced budget decisions.

January 26, 2011 | Daily News

The New Amphibious Vehicle expected to replace the aborted Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program may have to travel as few as 12 nautical miles from ship to shore, Navy and Marine Corps officials told the House Armed Services Committee in a hearing today.

January 25, 2011 | Daily News

General Dynamics today touted tests of its Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle prototypes while asserting it could cut the EFV's price, but the final test results are still being determined and the Pentagon remains set on killing the program.

In a teleconference with reporters, Michael Bolon, General Dynamics Land Systems' senior vice president of Navy and Marine Corps programs, said the program completed a required 500-hour reliability growth test, demonstrating reliability that exceeds the testing threshold by 90 percent.

January 24, 2011 | Daily News

Lawmakers are urging Defense Secretary Robert Gates to hold off issuing a stop-work order to General Dynamics for the Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program.

Rep. Buck McKeon (R-CA), the chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, made the request today in a two-page letter to Gates. The letter is also signed by the seven Republicans who lead the panel's subcommittees.

January 21, 2011 | Inside the Navy
The standoff requirement the New Amphibious Vehicle, the replacement for the doomed Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, will have to meet may still be up in the air, according to recent statements from various Marines.
January 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

Three familiar
industry teams are again bidding for a chance to enter the Army's Ground Combat
Vehicle technology-demonstration phase. All three teams responded to a previous
request for proposals before the Army canceled the solicitation.

January 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

House Armed
Services Committee Chairman Howard "Buck" McKeon (R-CA) has singled out the
Ground Combat Vehicle and various Army communications programs as targets of
his panel's oversight plan in the new, Republican-controlled House.

January 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

A small
Michigan company withdrew from the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle competition
last week, blaming the service's expensive and "drawn-out" acquisition plan.

January 21, 2011 | Inside the Army

Vehicle active
protection systems appear poised for an infusion of attention from the military
and the defense industry as officials watch developments closely and engineers
plan for the future of soldier survivability.

January 21, 2011 | Daily News

Three familiar industry teams are again bidding for a chance to enter the Army's Ground Combat Vehicle technology-demonstration phase. All three teams responded to a previous request for proposals before the Army canceled the solicitation.

The RFP responders include: Science Applications International Corp., teaming with Boeing and two German companies, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Defence; a partnership between BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman; and the team of General Dynamics Land Systems, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and MTU Detroit Diesel.

January 20, 2011 | Inside the Pentagon

General Dynamics is lobbying Congress to stop the Pentagon and the Marine Corps from terminating the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, but Navy acquisition chief Sean Stackley is arguing that a new concept of operations calls for a different solution.

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