January 22, 2021

How many Humvees will remain after the US Army brings in its Joint Light Tactical Vehicle?

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army is trying to balance its vehicle fleet between Joint Light Tactical Vehicles and Humvees, according to service leadership in charge of acquisition and force development.

The JLTV was meant to replace the Humvee fleet, but not one-for-one, and it’s unclear how many Humvees the Army may keep or buy in addition to the JLTV fleet, which is a more expensive vehicle.

Oshkosh beat out Humvee-maker AM General and Lockheed Martin in 2015 to build the replacement for the Humvee for both the Army and the Marine Corps. The low-rate initial production contract was worth $6.7 billion, and the entire program is estimated to be worth $30 billion through 2024.

Since a production contract was awarded in 2015, Oshkosh said in July, it has delivered 7,500 total vehicles to the U.S. and partners abroad.

“There’s still going to be 50,000 Humvees in the Army after we

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US Army prioritizes open architecture for future combat vehicle amid competition prep

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Army still plans to release of its request for proposals in December to replace the Bradley Infantry Fighting Vehicle, and it wants industry to prioritize an open architecture in its designs.

“The network is almost more important in some ways than building the combat vehicles,” Maj. Gen. Brian Cummings, program executive officer of ground combat systems, told Defense News in an interview ahead of the Association of the U.S. Army’s virtual conference.

The future optionally manned fighting vehicle will need the flexibility to be networked with other capabilities across the battlefield, and designed such that capabilities can plug into the vehicle at the forward edge. This realization was highlighted during the Army’s Project Convergence exercise at Yuma Proving Ground, Arizona, which wrapped up last month and during which an OMFV surrogate played a part.

The Army will focus on the effort to develop OMFV with an

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Army officer completes Leh-Manali bicycle ride in record time

Mumbai, Oct 13 (PTI) The 472-km road from Leh to Manali is considered a challenge even for motorists and truck drivers because of the altitude gain and a mercurial weather.

Army officer Lt Col Bharat Pannu traversed the route — one of the highest motorable stretches in the world — in 35 hours and 25 minutes on bicycle two days ago. He is now hoping to enter the record books.

Pannu started from Leh on Saturday morning and reached Manali on Sunday night.

‘The 50-km climb to Tanglang La (5,328 mtrs from sea level) was a killing one, but the sunset over the pass was beautiful. At night, temperature dropped to -12 degrees Celsius,’ Col Pannu told PTI on the phone from Chandigarh.

According to him, no official speed records were maintained for cyclists on the route, but some cyclists had finished the distance in 49 hours.

To set a

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This All-Electric Robotic Combat Vehicle May Accompany Army Units into Battle

Textron Systems announced Thursday that it will deliver an all-electric version of its M5 Ripsaw Robotic Combat Vehicle prototype to the U.S. Army for experimentation next year.

Earlier this year, the Army selected a Textron team to develop its subsidiary Howe & Howe’s unmanned vehicle for the service’s Robotic Combat Vehicle, or RCV, Medium platform.

The Army wants to develop a light, medium and heavy version of the RCV to give commanders the option of sending unmanned vehicles into combat against enemy forces. The service selected QinetiQ North America to build four light versions of the RCV.

Textron is scheduled to deliver four prototypes of its 10-ton M5, which resembles a lightweight tank powered by diesel and hybrid electric motors, by the end of the year.

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The Army also recently selected Textron to deliver an all-electric

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Army Alaska soldier, father dies in vehicle accident near post

A Fort Wainwright soldier died in a vehicle accident Tuesday, according to Army Alaska officials.

Spc. Jordan Tyler Dorman, 21, was killed at the intersection of Richardson Highway and Peridot Street in North Pole, Alaska, which is roughly a dozen miles from Fort Wainwright.

No further details about the accident were provided by the officials Thursday. The accident is under investigation by North Pole Police in conjunction with the Alaska State Troopers and the state’s division of commercial motor vehicles, according to Army Alaska officials.

Dorman served as a machine gunner with the 1st Battalion, 5th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

A native of Millsboro, Delaware, Dorman joined the Army in July 2017 and trained at Fort Benning, Georgia, before arriving in Alaska in October 2017.

Dorman deployed to Iraq with his Stryker brigade in support of Operation Inherent Resolve, the mission to defeat the

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US Army gives green light to shape vehicle electrification requirements

WASHINGTON — U.S. Army Futures Command has given the green light to the Maneuver Capabilities Development and Integration Directorate to develop a plan to equip tactical and combat vehicles with electric power, according to a Sept. 21 statement.

The directorate will begin drafting a requirements document for Tactical and Combat Vehicle Electrification, and will host an industry day Oct. 20 to share its electrification initiatives with industry.

CALSTART, an organization that focuses on clean technology transportation, and the Ground Vehicles Systems Center will co-host the event.

The electrification effort aims to decrease the Army’s reliance on fossil fuels. “The requirement also aims to increase operational reach across all maneuver formations through electric propulsion, which offers a variety of operational and tactical benefits,” a statement from the directorate read.

“These include the potential to double operational duration, implement silent mobility, increase silent watch, and potentially reduce the Army’s logistical burden by

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