QinetiQ North America and Saft have joined the ground combat vehicle (GCV) team led by Bae Systems and Northrop Grumman that is pursuing the US Army GCV contract.

Each team member will provide different capabilities for the GCV in an effort to deliver a mine-resistant platform designed to fight against the current IED-threat environment.

QinetiQ North America will supply the electric drive propulsion system, E-X-Drive, for the vehicles and Saft will provide the energy storage system.

The E-X-Drive is a fuel-efficient system that provides higher dash speed and acceleration and increased on and off-board power while improving reliability.

As the prime contractor, BAE will provide the programme management and systems integration for the GCV.

BAE will also provide the vehicle design, structure, logistical support, and the readiness and maintenance of the combat vehicle.

Northrop Grumman will serve as the C4ISR (command, control, communications, computers, intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance) lead for the GCV project.

The GCV features an integrated electronic network capability and embedded intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance assets to connect the warfighters, and can operate in urban and cross country environments.