Detroit Arsenal, Mich. (Dec. 18, 2020) – Today, the U.S. Army issued the final request for proposal for the Optionally Manned Fighting Vehicle concept design phase. The final RFP describes the transformational vision for OMFV, outlines broad performance characteristics and places emphasis on industry innovations.
“During the concept design phase, innovative thinking from industry remains key,” said Brig. Gen. Glenn Dean, the program executive officer for Ground Combat Systems. “We are looking forward to receiving proposals from industry that demonstrate the realm of the possible as we continue to develop this truly transformational vehicle for our Soldiers.”
The RFP for the concept design phase reflects the Army’s effort to structure a program that incentivizes industry innovation, provides the analytical underpinnings for the development of an abbreviated capability development document, and begin the design maturation process.
“The team made significant changes to the RFP since the July 2020 draft release, based on a great deal of feedback received from industry,” said Dean. “Some of the changes reflect a reduction in scope and deliverables in order to adequately match the maturity of requirements in this phase of the program. We really do not want to box industry into a solution – we want them to think creatively to bring innovative technologies and solutions forward to achieve our vision for this program.”
This initial phase allows industry to develop digital designs while requirements mature, before prototypes are required in the following phase.
“This is a major step forward for our Army, as we bring a transformational change to our infantry forces,” said Brig. Gen. Ross Coffman, director of the Next Generation Combat Vehicles Cross Functional Team. “We have asked our industry partners to bring us their very best ideas and we are anxious to see those ideas begin to take shape through this RFP.”
Written proposals are due 120 days after the release of the RFP, and it is anticipated to result in the award of up to five contracts in 2021 under a full and open competition.
The overarching five-phase strategy for the OMFV program focuses on encouraging innovation, maximizing competition throughout the entire program, and producing a transformational infantry fighting vehicle that will dominate maneuver in multi-domain operations.
The final RFP for the OMFV concept design phase can be found at: https://beta.sam.gov/opp/57f5461cfa24463995fd91d182476f4d/view?keywords=OMFV&sort=-relevance&index=opp&is_active=true&page=1.
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