SAIC-led team pursues Ground Combat Vehicle program

  • 01-Jun-2010 12:08 EDT
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The SAIC team plans to base its Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) on the Manned Ground Vehicle program and the Puma IFV (shown) to help meet the U.S. Army’s accelerated development needs. SAIC says the Puma is the only production-ready IFV designed from the ground up since Sept. 11, 2001. (Rheinmetall Defence)

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) will lead a team to pursue the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program. The SAIC-led team, called Team Full Spectrum, submitted its proposal for the technology development phase of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) being developed under the GCV effort and is competing for one of an anticipated three contract awards. SAIC is teamed with Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, Rheinmetall Defence, and The Boeing Co. As proposed, the vehicles would be developed in concert with the Army’s Materiel Enterprise and be built in the U.S., with almost half of the work planned for small and midtier companies. “Our approach is to leverage the investments made in the Manned Ground Vehicle program and the Puma Infantry Fighting Vehicle to produce an American IFV designed for the challenges our warfighters are facing today as well as those of future conflicts,” said Deborah Alderson, SAIC Defense Solutions Group President. “The best part of this approach is that we can use technology already developed to quickly get this system into [the field].” The GCV program is part of the Army’s plan to modernize its combat vehicle fleet.

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