US Army scraps plan to compete in OMFV competition

by Ashley Roque

The US Army will not form a team and bid on its own M2 Bradley replacement competition due, in part, to industry and senior leader feedback.

On 17 September the service announced that it was still combing through more than 500 industry comments for an Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) draft request for proposal (RFP) it issued in July. Although the service is still doing a detailed analysis of the feedback and preparing responses to industry concerns, it has decided that it will not compete in the upcoming competition.

“As a result of industry feedback and continuous dialog between army senior leaders, the government will not submit a proposal in response to the OMFV RFP,” said Ashley John, the public affairs director for the army’s Program Executive Office for Ground Combat Systems. “A revision to the draft OMFV RFP was made today and deletes paragraph A.3.1 Interested Government Offeror in its entirety.”

“As we continue to progress through the first phase of our five-phased approach for the OMFV programme, communication, inclusive feedback, and innovative thinking from industry remains key,” she added.

A M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew changes position on the range during a gunnery training event in 2018. The US Army plans to issue a final RFP for its revamped Bradley replacement effort in December.  (US Army )

A M2A3 Bradley Fighting Vehicle crew changes position on the range during a gunnery training event in 2018. The US Army plans to issue a final RFP for its revamped Bradley replacement effort in December. (US Army )

The now delated provision in the draft RFP had opened the door for the army’s own Ground Vehicle Systems Center (GVSC) to compete as a prime contractor.

“Potential offerors are notified that a US government entity may submit a proposal as a prime offeror,” the initial draft RFP stated.

At the time, John told Janes

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