Detroit Arsenal, Mich. (April 9, 2020) – Today, the Army issued a programmatic Industry Day Narrative for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) program to ensure continued two-way information sharing as the Nation is faced with physical face-to-face limitations due to COVID-19.
The detailed document consolidates the feedback the Army received from over 30 industry one-on-one sessions held in early March, as well as information gathered from the market survey issued in February.
“Two-way information sharing between potential industry partners and the Army remains critical as we move forward with the OMFV program,” said Maj. Gen. Brian P. Cummings, the Army’s program executive officer for Ground Combat Systems. “As we progress through the first-phase of our five-phased approach, communication, feedback and innovative thinking from industry remains key.”
The five-phased approach for OMFV focuses on encouraging innovation, maximizing competition, and producing a vehicle that will dominate cross-domain maneuver in Multi-Domain Operations (MDO).
“We have seen a robust interest from industry – from traditional vendors to innovators and from small businesses to consortiums,” added Cummings. “We are actively posturing ourselves to be in a stronger competitive situation moving forward.”
Throughout each phase of the program, the Army is focused on maximizing competition throughout with iterative industry engagements and a “5-3-1” approach.
“We recognize the importance of accurately defining the required set of capabilities without over constraining the design,” said Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, the director for the Next Generation Combat Vehicles (NGCV) Cross Functional Team (CFT). “Everything we are doing now with industry will help ensure the Army gets the characteristics right up front to properly inform the requirements that will be set in the future.”
The OMFV will serve as the Army’s Infantry Fighting Vehicle (IFV) tasked to maneuver through the enemy’s disruption zone and deliver Soldiers to their dismount point unharmed. The OMFV will provide direct fire support to Soldiers by detecting and destroying targets at a range beyond the enemy’s capability. The targeted date for Milestone C is in fiscal year 2027, with First Unit Equipped in fiscal year 2028, however early designs from industry will inform the feasibility of the current schedule.
The Industry Day Narrative for OMFV can be found at: https://beta.sam.gov/opp/9f5bdc9e53bf49fb85a1dfbccc3c6730/view?keywords=omfv&sort=-relevance&index=&is_active=true&page=1