Army announces contract awards for OMFV Concept Design Phase
By Ashley John July 23, 2021
WASHINGTON – The Army announced today the award of five firm-fixed price contracts for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) Phase II Concept Design Phase using full and open competitive procedures. The contracts were awarded to: Point Blank Enterprises, Inc. (Miami Lakes, Florida); Oshkosh Defense, LLC (Oshkosh, Wisconsin); BAE Systems Land and Armaments L.P. (Sterling Heights, Michigan); General Dynamics Land Systems, Inc. (Sterling Heights, Michigan); and American Rheinmetall Vehicles, LLC (Sterling Heights, Michigan). The total award value for all five contracts is approximately $299.4 million.
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During this phase of the program, industry will develop digital designs while requirements mature; prototypes will be required in the following phase.
"The Concept Design Phase reflects the Army’s effort to structure a program which incentivizes industry innovation and provides the analytical underpinnings for the development of an abbreviated capability development document," said Brig. Gen. Glenn Dean, program executive officer for Ground Combat Systems.
The initial digital design will inform the first formal OMFV requirements document, known as the A-CDD, which will be published in the first quarter of fiscal year 2022.
"This process allows the Army to make future decisions on the design without overly constricting vendor efforts to innovate," said Dean.
The overarching five-phase strategy for the OMFV program remains unchanged – the Army is focused on encouraging innovation, maximizing competition throughout the entire program, and producing a transformational infantry fighting vehicle that will dominate maneuver in multi-domain operations.
"The OMFV will bring a transformative change to the battlefield, providing new technology and new capabilities to our formations," said Maj. Gen. Ross Coffman, director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team. "Once these designs are completed, our Soldiers will engage with the designs and will provide feedback and input to ensure we are providing the equipment they need to defend our great nation."
Following the Concept Design Phase, the Army intends to have another full and open competition for the Detailed Design Phase (Phase III), with the intent to award up to three contracts in the second quarter of fiscal year 2023.
The Detailed Design Phase awardees will transition into Phase IV of the program to build and test actual prototypes. The Army intends to down select to one vendor at Milestone C (for Low Rate Initial Production) near the end of fiscal year 2027.
The Army’s OMFV is an optionally manned platform that maneuvers Soldiers to a point of positional advantage to engage in close combat and deliver decisive lethality during the execution of combined arms maneuver. It is designed to operate with or without a crew and Soldiers under armor based on the commander's decision, while also controlling maneuver robotics and semi-autonomous systems.