The US Army is a step closer to fielding a new infantry squad vehicle after naming three industry leaders to develop prototypes.
The contract is aimed at meeting the army’s goal of producing new ISVs in 2020.
“The modernised vehicles will provide enhanced tactical mobility for an infantry brigade combat team to move quickly around the battlefield,” said the army’s Steven Herrick.
Earlier this year the army approved a procurement objective and plans to purchase 649 ISVs.
A nine-Soldier infantry squad, along with associated equipment, will comfortably travel in the vehicles, Herrick added.
The scheduled delivery date for all three competing teams is November 13, at Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland for initial assessment. The competing teams include Oshkosh Defense/Flyer, GM Defense, and SAIC/Polaris.
“The army plans to down select to one company for production in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020,” Herrick said. “This selection will be based largely on soldier input and response to a formal request for proposal for production.”
The ISVs have been intended to provide ground mobility vehicle capabilities to the army since the original model. Lightweight vehicles are essential to increase speed in combat and provide ability to be transported by helicopter.
“Ground mobility vehicles provide flexibility for entry operations, permissive and non-permissive, to counter threat anti-access strategies through the use of multiple entry points — air-drop, air-land, and air-insertion,” said Herrick.