BAE Systems has been awarded a contract for the concept development phase of the U.S. Army’s Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program for further development of a design that will meet the Army’s future lethality, mobility and survivability needs.
BAE, along with Elbit Systems of America, will explore crew automation, active protection, and other combat vehicle technologies and turret solutions that will deliver advanced combat capabilities.
“Our soldiers on the future battlefield should set the pace of the fight and dominate in lethality, survivability, and mobility through technology,” Jim Miller, director of business development at BAE Systems, said.
“The conceptual design phase allows us to demonstrate how we marry future technology with our integration and production experience to deliver a new level of capability to our troops on an ever-changing, interconnected, multi-domain, joint battlefield.”
BAE’s OMFV design aims to provide a highly maneuverable and survivable solution for the Army’s Armored Brigade Combat Team (ABCT) to engage in close combat and deliver decisive lethality. The OFMV will replace the Army’s Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle.
The solution will accommodate a host of targeting systems that will share threat and target data across the ABCT team, and will help protect soldiers as they travel.
BAE’s OMFV concept is an integrated system of systems based on a Modular Open Systems Approach (MOSA), which allows for rapid upgrades and technology refresh for quick insertion of new innovations or to counter emerging threats. MOSA solutions also help lower lifecycle sustainment costs and enable commonality across platforms.
Preliminary design work on the contract will take place in York, Pennsylvania; Sterling Heights, Michigan; Minneapolis, Minnesota; and San Jose, California.