Two Selected to Move Forward on Bradley Replacement Effort

Bradley Fighting Vehicle. Image – U.S. Army photo by Spc. Randis Monroe/Released

The U.S. Army selected General Dynamics Land Systems and American Rheinmetall Vehicles to move forward on Phase 3 of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program, which is slated to replace the Bradley infantry fighting vehicle.

The service awarded two contracts with a combined value of about $1.6 billion for the program, which has been now redesignated as the XM30 Mechanized Infantry Combat Vehicle program. American Rheinmetall Vehicles was awarded an $812.6 million contract, while  General Dynamics Land Systems was awarded a $768.7 million contract. Overall, the program is reportedly valued at about $45 billion.

The winners’ digital designs will be employed to produce as many as 11 prototypes for testing under Phase 4 (prototype build and test). Government testing will follow around 2026.  Phase 5 (production and fielding) is to result in a single low-rate initial production (LRIP) contract by 2027 for production and testing, with initial fielding to follow by 2029.

The Phase 2 competitors list included BAE Systems (teamed with Elbit Systems of America), General Dynamics (teamed with AeroVironment, Applied Intuition, and GM Defense), American Rheinmetall (teamed with Raytheon Technologies, L3Harris Technologies, Textron Systems, and Allison Transmission), Oshkosh (teamed with Hanwha), and Point Blank Enterprises.  The Army awarded each competitor a $26.6 million contract in July 2021 for OMPV Phase 2 concept design, which ran through 2023 up to the award of the current contract.


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