Army releases request for proposals on new ground combat vehicle. 


                Following the release of  its request for proposal for the new ground combat vehicle, the vice chief of staff said the Army expects to award the technical development contract in December and looking for three good proposals from industry to evaluate.

            Speaking Feb. 25 by video-teleconference to attendees at the Association of the United States Army’s Winter Symposium and Exhibition, Gen. Peter Chiarelli said he expects the competition to last for two years.

            “If we don’t have three good proposals, we’ll go with two.”  Adding, “What we’re really hoping for is three solid proposals.”

            He said the plan is to select two contractors to go to prototyping in January 2013 with the first production vehicles expected in 2018.

            “This is the vehicle that takes into account the lessons of eight years of war.  It is not FCS warmed over.”  Defense Secretary Robert Gates canceled the ground combat vehicle portion of the Future Combat System in April 2009. “We think this will be an amazing vehicle,” Chiarelli said.