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The US Army has selected five suppliers for the next phase of the competition for the successor to the Bradley armored personnel carrier. In addition to American Rheinmetall Vehicles, a US subsidiary of the German arms company from Düsseldorf, Point Blank Enterprises, Oshkosh Defense, in cooperation with the South Korean manufacturer Hanwah, BAE Systems and General Dynamics Land Systems, are to be used in phase 2 of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV ) Submit digital drafts of the new combat vehicle.

Die Gesamtsumme der fünf Verträge für die digitalen Designstudien beläuft sich einer Mitteilung der U.S. Army zufolge auf etwa 300 Millionen US-Dollar.

Im Zuge des OMFV-Programms sollen rund 3.800 Gefechtsfahrzeuge des Typs Bradley ersetzt werden. American Rheinmetall Vehicles werde die Phase 2 gemeinsam mit seinen Partnern absolvieren, schreibt der Düsseldorfer Mutterkonzern in einer Mitteilung. Zu den Partnern zählen demnach Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Textron Systems und Allison Transmission. Rheinmetall will der Mitteilung zufolge den Schützenpanzer Lynx KF41 als Ausgangspunkt für das Design verwenden.

Phases of the OMFV program

  • Phase 1: Market Analysis (Completed in 2020)
  • Phase 2: In the digital design phase (2021 to the beginning of 2023), five competitors are to create digital designs for the required combat vehicle and create a Preliminary Design Review (PDR). Then there is the possibility of further developing the vehicle design in a post-design phase. Selection criteria are performance, technical maturity of the design, rights and costs for procurement and operation.
  • Phase 3: In the detailed design phase (2023 to 2024), as a result of the investigation of the virtual vehicles, a maximum of three providers are to be asked in April 2023 to refine their designs, taking into account the simulation results of phase 2, and to build functional prototypes by July 2025 .
  • Phase 4: The construction of three prototypes and their testing is the subject of the so-called prototype and test phase (2025 to 2026), at the end of which a competitor is planned for the series production of the OMFV.
  • Phase 5: The pre-series production (from 2027) serves to produce a pre-series by OMFV, whose vehicles are intended for extensive testing by government agencies.

Waldemar Geiger