The US Army Requirements Oversight Council (AROC) has given the service approval to move out an Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) competition and produce 651 vehicles by the end of 2024.
In a recent announcement on the Federal Business Opportunities website, the service said it received AROC approval on 22 February to reach out to industry and gather more information on a new acquisition strategy.
According to the new acquisition timeline, the army will release a draft request for project proposals (RPP) by the end of March, with an industry day and final RPP release dates set for April. Up to three vendors will receive prototype contracts in August with prototype deliveries set for November. The service will then make a final downselect to one vendor in March 2020.
Plans then call for the winner to deliver 651 ISVs over five years: 17 vehicles in fiscal year 2020 (FY 2020), 118 in FY 2021, 177 in FY 2022, 177 in FY 2023, and 162 in FY 2024.
The army's plans to compete an ISV contract to meet a Ground Mobility Vehicles (GMV) requirement come at a time when it is also working with General Dynamics Ordnance and Tactical Systems (GD-OTS) on the interim solution dubbed Army-GMV (A-GMV) 1.1, a version of its Flyer72.
"The army is successfully fielding a limited [GMV] capability quickly in the near term while also pursuing a larger, competitive program of record," Steve Herrick, the Army's GMV product lead, said in an October 2018 statement to Jane's . "In order to move a GMV to a portion of the airborne infantry quickly, the army leveraged the existing, competitively awarded US Special Operations Command [USSOCOM] GMV 1.1 contract to procure a limited number of modified [A-GMV] 1.1 vehicles."
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