General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has successfully completed a preliminary design review (PDR) of its ground combat vehicle GCV) infantry fighting vehicle (IFV) design.
Carried out in collaboration with the US Army, the PDR confirmed that the company's baseline GCV IFV design has a reasonable expectation of being judged operationally effective and suitable.
During the review, GDLS demonstrated that the baseline vehicle design is affordable, reliable and compliant to all Tier I requirements that must be provided in the vehicle's initial configurations, and remain on track to gain compliance to selected Tier II requirements.
General Dynamics Land Systems GCV IFV programme senior director, Robert Sorge, said: ''The strong performance has put us on a solid path for building the automotive test rig, continuing the system detailed design and enhancing each of the vehicle's key subsystem and component level designs during the remainder of our technology demonstration contract.''
Spanning across four days, the review marked the culmination of multiple successful subsystem and component design reviews held from August through October 2013.
General Dynamics (GD), along with team-mates, Lockheed Martin, Raytheon and Tognum America, received a $439.7m contract for the GCV IFV technology development (TD) phase contract from the army in August 2011.
The initial 24-month contract was later modified, extending the performance period by six months into the second quarter of 2014.
Also pursued by BAE Systems-Northrop Grumman team, the $40bn GCV IFV programme seeks development of an affordable and operationally effective IFV that can carry a nine-man infantry team with increased protection against improvised explosive devices (IEDs) and modern warfare threats on the battlefield.