- The director of the US Army's NGCV effort gave further details of the programme at AUSA
- The show also saw three NGCV contenders displayed at the show
Further light was shed on the US Army's Next-Generation Combat Vehicles (NGCV) effort at this year's Association of the US Army (AUSA) symposium, held in Washington, DC, on 8-10 October, with army leadership briefing on the overall programme and teams from industry exhibiting candidate concepts for the Bradley Fighting Vehicle replacement aspect of the programme.
Briefing an audience at AUSA on 9 October, Brigadier General Ross Coffman, the director of Army Futures Command's NGCV cross-functional team (CFT), explained that the programme would cover a family of five vehicles, of which the "number one" priority would be the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV): the Bradley replacement. This effort should see a request for proposals (RFP) issued no later than January with the objective of running a competition with prototypes over the next few years and ultimately fielding the vehicle by 2026, he said.
Three initial pitches for the Bradley replacement were evident at AUSA 2018. BAE Systems displayed its CV90 Mk4 infantry fighting vehicle (IFV), which is the fifth generation of the CV90; General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) exhibited its Griffin III technology demonstrator, which is not a vehicle that would be bid for per se but which incorporates "a lot of things the army has a desire for", according to a GDLS spokesman; while Raytheon announced it was teaming with Rheinmetall and displayed the latter's Lynx KF41 IFV, which was designed for export and to address the Australian Army's Land 400 Phase 3 requirement.
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