Army issues revised RFP for ground combat vehicle.

The Army on Tuesday asked industry to submit proposals for…

The Army on Tuesday asked industry to submit proposals for developing a new infantry fighting vehicle that could be used across the full spectrum of battlefield operations, from counterinsurgency to ground combat.

The request for proposals follows the August cancellation of a similar solicitation after Defense Department acquisition officials questioned the service’s requirements and strategy for buying a new ground combat vehicle. Army leaders have struggled with the best way to fill the service’s need for tactical vehicles after Defense Secretary Robert Gates scuttled that portion of the wide-ranging Future Combat Systems program last year.

“The Army and [Defense acquisition officials] have worked through this and are firmly committed to getting this kicked off,” Col. Andrew DiMarco, ground combat vehicle project manager, said in a conference call with reporters.

Michael Smith, the official in charge of developing concepts and requirements for the vehicle, said the Army is looking for a vehicle that can be adapted “on the fly” to changing battlefield requirements and threats.

The infantry fighting vehicle must be able to carry nine soldiers and their gear, and it must have a modular armor system that can be tailored to specific situations, according to Smith.

Source: Katherine McIntire Peters for Govexec.com.

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