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Combat Vehicles

December 10, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army Vice
Chief of Staff Gen. Peter Chiarelli is scheduled to speak at a rescheduled
Ground Combat Vehicle pre-proposal conference on Dec. 18 to emphasize to
industry the importance of the program for the Army, according to a spokesman.

December 10, 2010 | Daily News

The office of the Pentagon's top weapons tester has concluded that only one element of the Army's Boeing-built Early-Infantry Brigade Combat Team Increment 1 is "operationally suitable," dealing the key service modernization effort a blow on the eve of a major review by top Defense Department acquisition officials on whether to proceed with fielding the new capabilities.

December 09, 2010 | Inside the Pentagon

The future of the Marine Corps' multibillion-dollar Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle program is in serious doubt, according to service and industry officials tracking the program.

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

While mostly
optimistic about the new direction announced in the Army's revised Ground
Combat Vehicle request for proposals last week, experts and industry officials
voiced concerns about the program's new contract configuration, its seven-year
time line and constricting government budgets -- with one analyst going so far
as to call the effort "doomed."

December 03, 2010 | Inside the Army

A
Raytheon-Lockheed Martin joint venture team has mounted a Javelin missile on a
Stryker Infantry Fighting Vehicle and conducted three successful test firings
of the new configuration, according to an industry official.

November 30, 2010 | Daily News

After months of reviews and revisions, the Army today re-released its solicitation for the technology-development phase of the Ground Combat Vehicle program, emphasizing affordability targets and "trade space" that will allow industry increased design freedom.

November 24, 2010 | Inside the Army

Officials
from Rafael Advanced Defense Systems say a Stryker and a Mine Resistant Ambush
Protected All-Terrain vehicle, both featuring Trophy Active Protection Systems,
are being tested by the Defense Department.

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

In a move
that could have broad implications for the future of Stryker modernization, the
Army recently waived a requirement that the in-production double-V hull variant
of the vehicle must be transportable by a C-130 aircraft, service and industry
sources told Inside the Army last week.

November 19, 2010 | Inside the Army

Industry
officials continue to wait for the Army to release modernization plans for
several key programs, including the strategy to upgrade the venerable M1 Abrams
tank.

November 12, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army officials have quietly begun to pave the way for a new brigade combat team design that would boost the number of maneuver forces available to commanders, an idea vehemently rejected by the service just five years ago under the mantra of modularity, according to service officials and a previously unreported memo issued by Training and Doctrine Command over the summer.

November 12, 2010 | Inside the Army

Army efforts to modernize the Bradley Fighting Vehicle are picking up steam, according to new government notices.

November 05, 2010 | Inside the Army

BAE Systems continues to push a Bradley-based solution for replacing the Army's outdated fleet of M113 armored personnel carriers.

October 29, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is
preparing to launch a "comprehensive" internal review of how to modify its
brigade structure, an assessment with equipment implications that is designed
to account for lessons learned over the last nine years of war.

October 27, 2010 | Daily News

In a bid to compensate for cutbacks over the last 10 years, the Army plans to bolster funding for its heavy vehicles programs -- to include Stryker, Abrams and Bradley -- by transferring some of the $2 billion it will harvest in 2012 through curtailed spending on overhead operations, according to a senior service official.

October 25, 2010 | Daily News

Army officials plan to stick to the 60-day window for publishing a new Ground Combat Vehicle request for proposals, a target set when the service canceled the initial solicitation in late August, according to service Secretary John McHugh.

Senior Army leaders met on Oct. 20 for what McHugh called a "very serious meeting on a very serious issue." McHugh portrayed the gathering as a routine affair, saying it was “productive" and raised "very legitimate concerns" about the program.

October 22, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army released a market survey on Oct. 20 to collect information from industry on what technologies are available to upgrade the Abrams tank in terms of power and power management. The Abrams is currently outfitted with a turbine engine that provides approximately 10 kilowatts of power.

October 15, 2010 | Inside the Army

A "broad" modernization program for the Army's Stryker fleet could be in store if tests aimed at improving the vehicles' protection against roadside bombs go as planned, a ground service official said last week.

October 08, 2010 | Inside the Navy
PANAMA CITY, FL -- If the Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle is canceled, the Marines will likely start over, according to Gen. James Conway, commandant of the Marine Corps, but a change in the required stand-off distance from shore could alter the vehicle's requirements.
October 06, 2010 | Daily News

PANAMA CITY, FL --The Expeditionary Fighting Vehicle is not dead yet, but Navy Under Secretary Robert Work said yesterday that there are other options on the table for providing the Marine Corps an amphibious assault capability -- options that could include a modified EFV or an entirely new system.

October 01, 2010 | Inside the Army

The Army is attempting to determine its requirements for a non-lethal Full Spectrum Effects Package so a program of record can be established, according to the FSEP program office.

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