Ground Combat Vehicle development delayed

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The Army is delaying its next-generation Ground Combat Vehicle program by extending the technology development (TD) phase by six months, according to a memo obtained by Defense News.

The Army also plans to award an engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract to a single vendor — as opposed to the previously planned two vendors — in late fiscal 2014, the letter said.

A Jan. 17 memo (PDF) from the Pentagon’s head of acquisition, logistics and technology to the Army secretary states that the changes are being made “in anticipation of the fiscal pressures over the FY14-18 timeframe,” and “the need for additional development time led to this restructured program.”

By moving the program’s schedule back by six months, a final production decision is now expected some time in fiscal 2019 as opposed to the expected first quarter of fiscal 2018.

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