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Bradley Replacement - OMFV

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  • A formal Request For Proposals based on these discussions won’t come out until April 2021.
  • In October 2021, the Army will kick off the first round of competition, picking up to five of those proposals it will pay industry to develop into “initial digital designs.” The Army will then evaluate those virtual vehicles in computer models and simulations.
  • In April 2023, the Army will narrow the field further, to at most three competitors, which will get government funding to refine their designs and build actual working prototypes by July 2025.
  • The Army will test those prototypes through 2026 and pick one winner in January 2027. The winning vehicle will Low-Rate Initial Production (LRIP) later that year, and a full battalion of OMFVs should be operational by September 2028.
A much more realistic schedule, and general program construction. Though it is amusing to see "Manning" second from the bottom of the priority characteristics, given the name of the program. The emphasis on survivability definitely runs the risk of producing GCV-style unafforable giants, but at least now there are options like Lynx out there "in the flesh" for Army to reference when setting their firm requirements.

Wonder how much those 3 years of nonsense from AFC cost.
 

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Manning should be low priority as there should be a 'no infantry" option (in high intensity conflict). Like project Carmel ,humans could inhabit smaller armored vehicles, potentially where it is difficult to determine if the vehicle is a true RCV or if it is manned.

More weight does not equate to unaffordablity, a disfunctional APS program does. An OMFV should be equipped w/ a deep magazine direct fire MAPS w/ a counter-indirect fire system by now. Labs are allowed to patent 15mm missiles, UAV grenades and indirect fire capable APS but the inability of public/private partnerships for product development is so historically engrained that we see nothing fielded.
 
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Sorry didn’t see the date popped up in my newsfeed as a new story.
 
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