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Combat Vehicles

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

With a make-or-break test scheduled for September, Army and Boeing officials said last week preliminary equipment demonstrations of the Early Infantry Brigade Combat Team Increment 1 suite of equipment have showed marked performance improvements since last fall.

August 13, 2010 | Inside the Army

Science Applications International Corporation confirmed last week that its bid for the Army's multibillion dollar Ground Combat Vehicle program includes a hybrid electric engine, after a source close to the bid provided details to Inside the Army regarding the company's GCV design.

August 12, 2010 | Daily News

The House Armed Services Committee has denied a Pentagon reprogramming request to divert hundreds of millions of dollars from the procurement and modernization of the Bradley Fighting Vehicle and Abrams tank to "other priorities," Inside the Army has learned.

The panel denied a measure in the Pentagon's omnibus reprogramming request that would have shifted $200 million from Bradley procurement and $143 million from both Bradley and Abrams research and development, according to sources in Congress and the Army.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army's new concept of operations for its proposed Ground Combat Vehicle asserts that the GCV would transform infantry combat because it would allow a full squad to deploy in the thick of a fight, as opposed to splitting squads up among Bradley Fighting Vehicles or putting them in Strykers and dropping them off further from the battlefield, according to documents obtained by Inside the Army.

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Army

BAE Systems announced last week it was awarded a multimillion-dollar contract to perform upgrades to the Army's Bradley Fighting Vehicle fleet, shortly after the House Armed Services Committee moved to deny the Pentagon's request to divert funding from the Bradley program to "higher-priority programs."

August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Navy has launched a review of the Marine Corps' force structure that should influence investment decisions as soon as next summer, and the Marines are already planning to slash almost a quarter of their ground vehicle fleet in the next few years, service officials said last week.
August 06, 2010 | Inside the Navy
The Marine Corps' Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program, which faces scrutiny from Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is fully funded in the fiscal year 2012 budget proposal the Navy submitted last month to the Office of the Secretary of Defense, but the program's fate remains tied to an ongoing study, according to naval and industry sources.
July 30, 2010 | Inside the Army

Some defense industry experts welcomed news last week that heralded a hybrid electric drive option as one of three bids being considered for the Army's multibillion-dollar Ground Combat Vehicle program.

July 30, 2010 | Inside the Army

An official from Anniston Army Depot, AL, described the work-intensive process for resetting and repairing combat and battle-damaged Stryker vehicles for defense industry officials at a conference in Tysons Corner, VA last week.

July 30, 2010 | Inside the Army

House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) last week questioned a Quadrennial Defense Review independent panel's findings of sufficiency in Army force structure, given the stress placed on the service by two wars.

July 30, 2010 | Inside the Navy
With the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle, intended to replace the Assault Amphibious Vehicle, coming under fire from Pentagon top brass, there is some uncertainty about how the Marines will maintain their expeditionary capability if the EFV is canceled. If those events were to transpire, the AAV could undergo upgrades indefinitely if need be, according to a program official.
July 26, 2010 | Daily News

A defense industry team led by BAE Systems and Northrop Grumman announced today that, after what executives called a "painful" deliberation and risk assessment, they have presented the Army with their proposal for a hybrid electric Ground Combat Vehicle.

Mark Signorelli, BAE's vice president and general manager for the GCV project team, told reporters at a conference in Washington today that choosing to put forth a bid with a hybrid electric drive system was an exceedingly difficult decision given the military's past reluctance to adopt such solutions.

July 23, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army wants to delay the modernization of its Abrams and Bradley fleets because it has identified the development of the Ground Combat Vehicle as a higher priority, according to a general with knowledge of the service's strategy.

July 23, 2010 | Inside the Army

In a recent omnibus reprogramming action, the Pentagon asked Congress to allow the Army to redirect $10 million to the development of a replacement for its aging M113 armored personnel carrier fleet.

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