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BAE Systems Awarded OMFV Concept Development Contract

MOSA-Based Concept in Collaboration with Elbit Systems

The US Army has awarded BAE Systems a contract for the concept development phase of the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle (OMFV) programme, aimed at replacing the BRADLEY fleet, the company announced on 23 July.

In collaboration with Elbit Systems of America, BAE Systems will develop a plan that meets Army needs for lethality, mobility and survivability while also retaining ample growth and adaptability margins. Crew automation, active protection, turret solutions and other transformational combat vehicle technologies will be examined to determine their suitability. “Our soldiers on the future battlefield should set the pace of the fight and dominate in lethality, survivability, and mobility through technology […] 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,” commented Director of Business Development, Jim Miller.

The design will provide a highly manoeuvrable, survivable solution for Army Armored Brigade Combat Teams (ABCT) to engage in close combat and deliver decisive lethality. The solution will accommodate a host of targeting systems aimed at sharing threat and target data across the ABCT and protecting troops. The concept is based on theModular Open Systems Approach (MOSA), which allows for rapid upgrades and technology refresh and quick insertion of innovations to counter emerging threats. MOSA solutions also help lower lifecycle sustainment costs and enable commonality across platforms.

The BAE Systems OMFV concept is MOSA-based. (Image: BAE Systems)

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