Point Blank Enterprises (PBE) has submitted its proposal package for the US Army Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme.
The PBE Team includes Palantir, Renk, Roush, Cummins, and Strategic Technology Consulting, as well as several small businesses.
The team has used the Model Based Systems Engineering (MBSE) approach and adhered to the Army’s Modular Open Systems Architecture (MOSA) standardisation initiative to create Point Blank’s OMFV conceptual design.
PBE executive vice-president Mark Edwards said: “The US Army’s multi-phase OMFV programme provides a unique opportunity for a pioneering new entrant, like Point Blank, to participate by bringing innovation together with advanced digital engineering tools.
“We’re confident that Point Blank’s OMFV design, perfected during Phase 2, can be realised, is truly innovative, and delivers the most balanced integration of desired capabilities.
“More specifically, we’ve created a combat vehicle platform that can rapidly adapt to change, adopt new technologies, and enable a two-person crew to efficiently and effectively operate in the ever-increasing complexity of tomorrow’s multi-domain battlespace.”
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The US Army’s OMFV is intended to replace nearly 3,800 M-2 Bradley infantry fighting vehicles (IFV), which have been in service since 1981.
As part of a five-phase acquisition approach, the US Army awarded contracts to five teams last year to proceed to the programme’s second stage of concept design.
In September this year, Anduril Industries joined the American Rheinmetall Vehicles-led industry team that includes Textron Systems, Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, and Allison Transmission.
The Army issued the formal request for proposals for detailed design and prototype build and test phases, which are phases three and four of the programme, in July this year.
In late fiscal year 2027, a vendor will be selected for low-rate initial production of the OMFV.