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Combat Vehicles

October 12, 2018

The Next Generation Combat Vehicle family now includes the Army's future "light tank," Mobile Protected Firepower, and the M113 armored troop carrier replacement, Armored Multi-Purpose Vehicle.

October 12, 2018

Three industry hopefuls await the Army's decision on who will build prototypes for its new "light tank," which may come in November.

October 11, 2018

The official in charge of the Next Generation Combat Vehicle cross-functional team would consider replacing the M1A1 Abrams with a vehicle that is not a tank, a "distant" effort the Army plans to tackle after fielding the replacement for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle.

October 10, 2018

Marine Corps Commandant Gen. Robert Neller today acknowledged there is "risk" in ending the Marine Corps' Assault Amphibious Vehicle survivability upgrade program before the service's new vehicle is integrated into the fleet.

October 9, 2018

The Army is using a new rapid prototyping and fielding, "middle-tier acquisition," authority granted by Congress to procure prototypes for its designated replacement for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle, called the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle.

October 2, 2018

The Army is soliciting industry for information on a potential replacement for its Stryker Brigade Combat Teams' towed cannons, a prelude to a potential "High Mobility SBCT Howitzer" program the service is considering launching in the early 2020s.

September 29, 2018

BAE Systems has received a $216 million contract modification for M109A7 self-propelled howitzers, following a quality inspection visit this month by the Army secretary and service acquisition executive at the company's plant in York, PA.

September 27, 2018

The Army has asked to test a vehicle protection system from Israel-based Rafael and Leonardo DRS on the Stryker combat vehicle, according to Leonardo.

September 27, 2018

An $80 million cut to the Army's Bradley upgrade program in the fiscal year 2019 spending bill signals congressional support for the service's decision to forego improvements to a legacy system in favor of investing in a new replacement.

September 26, 2018

MARINE CORPS BASE QUANTICO, VA -- BAE Systems predicts it will begin delivering 30 low-rate initial production Amphibious Combat Vehicles to the Marine Corps next summer, slightly ahead of the previous fall 2019 projection.

September 15, 2018

House and Senate appropriators are backing the Army's aim to upgrade its Stryker combat vehicles -- approving $94 million more than requested -- but are not assured the service has a feasible plan to complete the upgrades at the desired rate.

September 12, 2018

The Marine Corps has issued a stop-work order to Science Applications International Corp. for the Assault Amphibious Vehicle survivability upgrade in the service's first step toward terminating the program's upgrade.

August 29, 2018

Army officials are working to lock in requirements for a planned big-ticket acquisition program to replace the Bradley Fighting Vehicle -- a program launch set for this fall that would give the service a marquee "next-generation" project to tout in the same way the Air Force has a new bomber and the Navy a new ballistic missile submarine.

August 29, 2018

The Army needs to upgrade a total of 933 M88A2 Hercules tank recovery vehicles to adjust to increasingly hefty Abrams tanks, according to a recent notice.

August 24, 2018

The Army announced today it will not move forward with testing an American-made, non-developmental active protection system on the Stryker vehicle and will instead seek new alternatives.

August 20, 2018

Army Secretary Mike Esper has directed the service to accelerate the Next Generation Combat Vehicle program, establishing a two-pronged project to immediately launch a major competition to replace the Bradley fleet with NGCV optionally manned fighting vehicles, while also establishing an NGCV robotic combat vehicle project to mature technologies for future platforms.

August 17, 2018

SAPA Transmission, the U.S. subsidiary of a Spanish defense contractor, is moving forward with support from the state of Michigan to establish a bona fide industrial operation there, advancing plans for a domestic manufacturing beachhead to challenge the Pentagon's two long-standing combat vehicle transmission suppliers.

August 7, 2018

The Army is seeking vendors to produce two new mortar systems, one an unmanned turret for brigade combat teams and the other a replacement for the current 120 mm dismounted variant. 

August 7, 2018

As the Army continues its efforts to decrease the weight of the Abrams tank while adding technologies, the service is seeking information on industry's ability to support the next iteration of the vehicle.

July 26, 2018

With big promises from the Army, Congress wants questions answered on the service's Future Vertical Lift and Mobile Protected Firepower programs.

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