The US Army is trialling two Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMVs) at Aberdeen Proving Ground for an urgent material release, and next year will begin a competition for a wider GMV requirement.
Under GMV Phase I the army is buying light mobility vehicles for Airborne infantry brigade combat teams through the US Special Operations Command's (SOCOM's) GMV1.1 contract. These are General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) Flyer72s, but for the army they are stripped to a basic vehicle and a nine-man squad seating package is installed, Colonel Shane Fullmer, project manager for Joint Light Tactical Vehicles, told reporters on 10 October.
The vehicles are intended so early entry forces can move more rapidly to assault opposing positions.
The army plans to buy just less than 300 GMVs for Airborne units, Col Fullmer said at the Association of the United States Army conference. The first unit to be equipped will be at Fort Bragg.
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