The U.S. Government (USG) appreciates the time and effort taken to respond to this survey. The purpose of this market survey is to seek information in preparation for the development of the Armored Reconnaissance Vehicle (ARV) acquisition program. The Government is soliciting industry capabilities and interest relative to participation in a competitive prototyping effort prior to the start of the ARV Engineering and Manufacturing Development (EMD) phase. The intent of competitive prototyping would be to reduce technical risks, validate designs and cost estimates, evaluate manufacturing processes and refine requirements. Note: participation in the competitive prototyping effort will not affect the fully competitive EMD phase.

This survey is to solicit industry comments on the draft ARV attributes and draft acquisition approach, as well as to ensure industry fully understands the objectives of the ARV acquisition program.


This request is a Market Survey and is for informational purposes only. The information in this notice is subject to change and is not binding on the government. This is not a request for proposal. It does not constitute a solicitation and shall not be construed as a commitment by the government. Responses in any form are not offers and the government is under no obligation to award a contract as a result of this announcement. No funds are available to pay for preparation of responses to this announcement. Any information submitted by respondents to this technical description is strictly voluntary.


The United States Marine Corps (USMC), Program Manager Light Armored Vehicles (LAV), herein after referred to as the USG, is seeking information on performance capabilities, and technical data regarding prototype development and the acquisition of an ARV. The ARV will replace the Family of Light Armored Vehicles, an eight-wheeled armored vehicle capable of operating on primary roads, secondary roads, trails, and cross country terrain, as well as crossing flood and tidal areas and fording and swimming waterways.

The ARV will be a modern combat vehicle system, with an open system architecture, capable of fighting for information, that balances competing capability demands to sense, shoot, move, communicate, and remain transportable as part of the naval expeditionary force. The ARV will provide a balanced set of performance, payload, and protection attributes with sufficient Size, Weight, & Power (SWAP) to accommodate future growth and the development of other variants. The ARV with incremental upgrade opportunities will yield a transformational platform significantly more capable than the legacy system fielded today and capable of achieving next generation armored reconnaissance objectives. See paragraph 5, “ARV Next Gen Overview” attachment for desired platform capabilities. Desired next generation transformational capabilities include:

• Battlefield Management: Onboard sensor fusion with Command, Control, Communications and Computers (C4) and Fire Control System data to provide crew at all levels of command real time battlefield understanding, situational awareness and the ability to disseminate information.
• Vision System: Providing the crew 360 degree/hemispherical battlefield vision while under armor.
• Hunter/Killer Engagement: Operator controls and independent sights enabling target handoff and slew to cue.
• Counter-Unmanned Arial System (UAS): Ability to detect, defeat and deny UAS threats.
• Extended Range, Detect, Recognize, and Target Identification: Beyond line of sight target recognition through battlefield obscurants.
• Signature Management and Deception: Masking or altering signatures to minimize identification by threats.
• Employing Robotic and Autonomous Systems (RAS): The ability to deploy and recover systems that extend the ARV’s reconnaissance hemisphere beyond line of sight.
• Active Protection: Ability to counter incoming projectiles.
• Extended Range Anti-Armor Anti Material: Engage and destroy armored or fortified targets.
• Electronic Attack (EA) Directed Energy: EA Directed-energy weapon (DEW).
• Cyber Attack: Ability to prevent, mitigate, and recover from cyber-attacks.

It is desired that the proposed competitive prototypes would have the capability to display as many of these transformational capabilities as possible.

  1. ARV ACQUISITION APPROACH – Pre-decisional pending results of the Analysis of Alternative in 3QFY20.

4.1. Competitive Prototyping: The USG intends to award contracts to up to four vendors for competitive prototyping which would take place from FY21-FY23. The USG intends to provide a cost share of approximately $10 million to each of the selected vendors to deliver one fully integrated ARV platform and one blast hull. Competitive prototypes will be integrated platform solutions that address the provided ARV attributes outlined in the attached ARV program overview. During the competitive prototyping phase, the government will evaluate industry solutions leveraging varying methods, such as modeling and simulation, laboratory evaluations, and operational assessment. This effort will enable the USG to do the following: Maintain open lines of communication with industry partners, leverage prototype development lessons learned, drive down program risk associated with development and integration of both hardware and software, assess key technology readiness, and inform the final Capability Development Document (CDD) and performance specification to support the EMD phase.

4.2. Mission Role Variants (MRV): The USMC is assessing the need for mission role variants. Potential variants may consist of the following: Command and Control, Logistics, Organic Precision Fires, and Recovery. The USG is seeking industry insights related to mission role variants in paragraph 7.


5.1. The ARV Next Gen Overview is contained in the PDF titled “Next Gen ARV Overview_190516”.


6.1. Response Format: Electronic responses are required in any of the following formats: Microsoft Word 2010 or earlier, Microsoft Excel 2010 or earlier, Microsoft PowerPoint 2010 or earlier or Adobe Acrobat. The maximum size of each e-mail message should be no more than three and one-half (3.5) megabytes. You may use multiple e-mail messages. The subject line must include the message number, (example: 1 of 3, 2 of 3, 3 of 3), and quote mark “[Company’s Name] response to PM LAV ARV Market Survey.”

Vendor responses to this market survey should be provided in the form of a whitepaper. All submissions must include the following information on the opening page:

6.1.1. Company Name:
6.1.2. Large or small business:
6.1.3. North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) #:
6.1.4. Mailing address:
6.1.5. Web site address:
6.1.6. Point of Contact (POC) and POC title:
6.1.7. E-mail address of POC:
6.1.8. Telephone number of POC:

6.2. Responses shall be furnished to the USG no later than 1600 Eastern Standard Time on 1 July 2019. Please submit electronic responses to this survey, as well as questions for clarification to:


7.1. What is your company’s interest in participating in a prototyping effort based on a cost/share agreement?

7.2. What approach would your company take in the development of the base vehicle, i.e., New Development, Non-Developmental Item (NDI), Commercially available Off-The-Shelf (COTS)?

7.3 If you are interested in being the prime contractor please outline how your company would be postured to take on a project of this magnitude (existing facilities, personnel, resources, etc…)

7.4. What is your estimate for time required to design and build a ground combat vehicle to meet the USMC’s capability needs?

7.5. Has your company worked on similar efforts in the past? If so, please provide specific examples.

7.6. Do you feel that your company would be better postured to compete for the Full and Open Competitive EMD phase as a result of lessons learned through the competitive prototyping phase?

7.7. What is the USG not asking for that may be a missed opportunity in this solution space?

7.8. In your opinion what attributes pose the greatest technical risk?

7.9. Based on the USG’s ARV attributes, please provide your assessment of required Mission Role Variants to include rationale on operational effectiveness, space allocation constraints, and technology readiness.

7.10. Would your company be interested in meeting with USG representatives?


8.1. Since this is not a request for proposal, respondents WILL NOT be notified regarding information obtained related to this Market Survey Notice. Responses will not be returned nor will detailed feedback be made available. If and when a solicitation is issued, it will be posted on It is the respondent’s responsibility to monitor these sites for the releases of any additional market surveys, synopses, or solicitations.

8.2. Proprietary Information: The USG acknowledges its obligations under the Federal Acquisition Regulation (FAR) and 18 United States Code (U.S.C.) §1905 to protect confidential information provided to the USG. Pursuant to this statute, the USG is willing to accept any trade secrets or proprietary restrictions placed upon data presented in response to this survey and to protect such information from unauthorized disclosure, subject to the following:

• Data must be clearly marked PROPRIETARY and be accompanied by an explanatory text so that the USG is clearly notified which data is proprietary.
• Mark only data that is truly confidential.
• Do not mark data that is already in the public domain or is already in possession of the USG or third parties on an unclassified basis. Do not submit any classified data in response to this market survey.
• Proprietary data transmitted electronically must have the PROPRIETARY legend on both the cover of the transmittal e-mail as well as at the beginning of the file. Proprietary information contained within the correspondence shall use the legends: “PROPRIETARY PORTION BEGINS” and “PROPRIETARY PORTION ENDS.”

The USG is not responsible for the public disclosure of unmarked data received in response to this market survey. Accordingly, the respondent shall ensure that technical data provided in response to this market survey shall be appropriately marked (i.e. proprietary) to ensure proper USG handling of the data.

NOTE: The USG is not asking you to develop or provide any proprietary or sensitive information in response to this Market Survey, nor is this Market Survey a request for proposal. Companies responding to this survey are required to submit electronic responses in accordance with page 3, paragraph 6 of this survey. Please send your survey questionnaire answers to: