General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has submitted its bid for the US Special Operations Command’s (USSOCOM) ground mobility vehicle (GMV 1.1) programme.
The bid, along with a test vehicle, was delivered on 30 May 2012 to USSOCOM’s headquarters in Tampa, Florida, US.
Featuring modular technology, the proposed GMV 1.1 is designed to support the command’s diverse and challenging missions in terms of transportability, mobility, modularity and technology.
The vehicle is bowered by a centre-mounted engine, enabling optimal weight distribution on the ground and inside an aircraft; it is suitable for internal fixed and rotary-wing transport in a mission-ready, high-performance condition to the operational site.
It has already completed extensive testing aimed at evaluating its design and performance over a period of two years, and also passed user trials at the US Army’s Yuma Proving Ground in Arizona and the Nevada Automotive Test Center.
During the summer trials in the United Arab Emirates, the vehicle has also demonstrated its system’s reliability.
The aim of the GMV 1.1 programme is for the development of a standardised combat vehicle to provide support for the USSOCOM’s operations, including direct action, special reconnaissance, unconventional warfare, counter-terrorism, security force assistance and counterinsurgency (COIN) missions.
USSOCOM intends to purchase up to 1,300 vehicles for special operations missions, with requirements for MH-47 air transportability, weapons capabilities and high mobility, with initial fielding of 200 vehicles a year over a period of five years.
Field evaluations are planned for January 2013, followed by full-rate production set for January 2014, which is expected to be complete in mid-2020.