SAIC-led team still pursues GCV program, ADVS withdraws

  • 16-Feb-2011 03:54 EST

Science Applications International Corp. (SAIC) will continue to lead a team pursuing the U.S. Army’s Ground Combat Vehicle (GCV) program, an initiative to develop an armored vehicle that will improve survivability and increase fighting capability beyond that of the current arsenal. The SAIC-led team submitted a revised proposal for the technology development phase of the Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) being developed under the GCV effort to the U.S. government. The team originally submitted a proposal in May, but the initial Request for Proposal (RFP) was rescinded by the Army, and a second RFP issued in November. SAIC’s Team Full Spectrum consists of three companies: The Boeing Co., Krauss-Maffei Wegmann, and Rheinmetall Defence. “Our offering is designed…to unburden [soldiers] from mechanical tasks with the latest technology, thus allowing concentration on the cognitive, and to empower them to accomplish their mission,” said Deborah Alderson, SAIC Group President. “High technical readiness levels will help meet the Army’s timeline of delivering the first vehicle in seven years.” Meanwhile, Advanced Defense Vehicle Systems (ADVS) recently decided to withdraw as a competitor for the Army’s GCV program. According to the company’s CEO, James LeBlanc Sr., “This drawn-out Army process does not fit with ADVS’ rapid development and fielding capabilities.” ADVS says that it has demonstrated with similar combat armored vehicles for foreign military use and with other major weapon system contracts that it can design, develop, integrate, prototype, and field such an advanced system in one to two years.

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