BAE Systems has secured a contract from the US Army for the concept development phase of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme.

The company will be responsible for further design development to fulfil the future battlefield ‘lethality, mobility and survivability’ requirements of the US Army.

The OFMV will replace the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

Working along with partner Elbit Systems of America, BAE Systems will explore technologies for crew automation and active protection.

The company will also develop combat vehicle technologies and turret solutions to deliver advanced combat capabilities.

BAE Systems business development director Jim Miller said: “Our soldiers on the future battlefield should set the pace of the fight and dominate in lethality, survivability, and mobility through technology.

“The conceptual design phase allows us to demonstrate how we marry future technology with our integration and production experience to deliver a new level of capability to our troops on an ever-changing, interconnected, multi-domain, joint battlefield.”

BAE’s OMFV concept is an integrated system of systems that are based on a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA) approach.

This approach enables easy upgrades for rapid insertion of new innovations to counter evolving threats.

The company claims that its OMFV design will provide a highly manoeuvrable and survivable solution for the US Army’s Armoured Brigade Combat Team (ABCT).

BAE will execute the preliminary design work of the contract at its US facilities in Pennsylvania, Michigan, Minnesota and California.