US Army awards future fighting vehicle design concepts contract to GDLS

4 June 2015 (Last Updated June 4th, 2015 18:30)

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has secured a contract to develop several design concepts for the US Army's future fighting vehicle (FFV) programme.

General Dynamics Land Systems (GDLS) has secured a contract to develop several design concepts for the US Army's future fighting vehicle (FFV) programme.

Awarded by the Army Tank-automotive and Armaments Command Lifecycle Management Command, the $28.2m contract requires GDLS to develop design concepts for the next-generation infantry fighting vehicle (IFV).

The company will perform trade studies, requirement analysis, modelling and simulation, as well as assessing technology capability and maturity to support each of the three design concepts.

Work under the contract is scheduled to be performed by existing employees at the company's facility in Sterling Heights, Michigan, US, with an estimated completion date of November 2016.

"As the original equipment manufacturer for the Bradley fighting vehicle, we have a unique understanding of the requirements and user needs."

BAE Systems has also received a $28.9m contract to work on the programme, which aims to assess whether the army needs to produce an entirely new vehicle, a potential replacement, or a third round of enhancements for the Bradley fighting vehicle.

BAE spokeswoman Megan Mitchell said: "As the original equipment manufacturer for the Bradley fighting vehicle, we have a unique understanding of the requirements and user needs.

"Among our top considerations will be platform weight and programme affordability as we balance overall performance."

BAE is also required to complete the contract work by November 2016.