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After heavy criticism on the implementation of the competition with only one participant, the US Army had mid January 2020 stopped "OPTIONALLY Manned Fighting Vehicle" (OMFV) program to procure a successor for the armored personnel Bradley and just started a month later with a market study new ,

In the new approach, the Army Command Futures operates with problem descriptions (capability requirements) and expects the industry to solutions. In the next step it should uplifting and adds digital design competitions, as well as feedback from the soldiers, the vehicle characteristics are described in detail. Digital prototypes will enable an assessment of the overall systems. At the end are two prime contractors per a physical prototype, build that should make in testing their suitability in practice.

History OMFV Competition

As a replacement for the approximately 4,700 located in use armored personnel Bradley, the US Army called for a vehicle that can be manned as needed or used unmanned (OPTIONALLY manned). The vehicle is equipped with an active protection system. Weight and outer dimensions must allow 17 C-GlobeMaster transport in a.

Schedule and key demands

starting to replace the original plan, the Bradley in 2032 by the newly developed OMFV combat vehicle, was significantly accelerated in April 2018 by a decision of Mark Esper, the then Secretary of State responsible for the US Army and now appointed Minister of Defense of the United States. In order to meet the new schedule Army reportedly plans to US procurement of a highly modified, market-available standard model, which has a mature chassis and a tower with re-integrating sensors (thermal imaging devices of the second generation). currently no production-ready weapons seems feasible because, according to the US Army with a 50-mm gun, core demand is at arming a 30-mm-Bordkannonne. However, a realization plan for the subsequent integration of a 50-mm gun and thermal imaging devices is demanded of the third generation of the providers. Including spare parts and logistical support that up to 3,590 combat vehicles OMFV comprehensive program has a volume potential of 42 billion dollars.

Stop the contest

January 2020 has stopped the contest the US Army. In October 2019 General Dynamics Land Systems and Raytheon / Rheinmetall team offers had exits. The Raytheon / Rheinmetall offer was not accepted, because the required functional demonstrator was not supplied, That left only one candidate after prior BAE Systems and Hanwha already had withdrawn from the competition. A competition with only one participant had drawn criticism immediately after the rejection of the Raytheon / Rheinmetall offer.

While the Army Command Futures adhere strictly to the competition requirements and wanted to continue the program with a party, there was the effort in the procurement organization of the Army to have at least two competing offers to choose from. Not least also led feedback and suggestions from the industry to the decision to start the competition again.

Gerhard Heiming

Cover photo: US soldiers of the 4th Battalion, 118th Infantry Regiment, 30th Armored Brigade Combat Team, North Carolina Army National Guard, during a mission vein Combined Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve m 10 November 2019 in eastern Syria. (US Army Reserve / Spc. DeAndre Pierce)