Science Applications International Corp (SAIC) has partnered with ST Kinetics and CMI Defence to develop a combat vehicle prototype as part of the US Army’s new Mobile Protected Firepower (MPF) programme.
The MPF programme seeks to develop a lightweight combat vehicle that can be airdropped to fill the operational needs of infantry combat teams in the battlefield.
The army requires the MPF vehicle design to provide lethality for infantry units while enabling mobility specifically during restrictive, urban operations.
SAIC Defense Systems Customer Group senior vice president and general manager Jim Scanlon said: “As a systems integrator, SAIC can deliver an alternative option to the army that brings together best-of-breed, non-developmental components to field a new combat vehicle quickly that meets critical requirements.”
The SAIC’s MPF prototype will be based on ST Kinetics’ next generation armoured fighting vehicle (NGAFV) chassis and CMI Defence’s Cockerill Series 3105 turret.
ST Kinetics president Dr Lee Shiang Long said: “Our NGAFV is an advanced system that is fully digitalised, highly mobile and developed to support networked knowledge-based warfighting. A fleet of seven prototypes had been developed and robustly tested over several years. As the NGAFV will be in production soon, this platform brings minimal technical risk and a robust supply chain to the MPF programme.”
CMI Defence’s turret solution is already qualified and currently in production stage.
SAIC will enter the MPF competition to compete for an engineering and manufacturing development (EMD) contract to build prototypes.