BAE Systems and General Dynamics have submitted their bids for the US Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme.

The OFMV development is aimed at replacing the BAE-built Bradley infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The contract could be valued at about $45bn.

BAE said it is working with Israel-based Elbit Systems’ US subsidiary to pursue the programme.

A company post on Facebook read: “We’re ready to answer the US Army’s call for an advanced armoured vehicle to support the mechanised infantry operations through the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme.

“Stay tuned as we design a combat system that will meet, with ample growth and adaptability, our soldiers’ needs for lethality, mobility and survivability on future battlefields.

‘To this, we are teaming with innovators like Elbit Systems of America to provide the Army with the most capable next generation capability: the OMFV.”

In October, Rheinmetall revealed its intention to submit proposal for OMFV.

Last week, L3Harris Technologies confirmed that it is working with Rheinmetall’s US arm American Rheinmetall Vehicles. According to the two companies, this combination will result in an OMFV offering that can be easily upgradable.

Recently, Oshkosh Defense and BAE Systems were down-selected to provide prototypes for the US Army’s Cold Weather All-Terrain Vehicle (CATV) programme.

The CATV programme is aimed at replacing the in-service but ageing Small Unit Support Vehicles (SUSVs).