From U.S. Army public affairs:
The Ground Combat Vehicle, or GCV acquisition strategy was modified, in January 17, to further Top Reduce Risk and Maintain an affordable program.
The decision by the Department of Defense technology extends the current development stage of the program by six months to allow industry time to refine Greater vehicle designs.
Changes Army U.S. Army Acquisition Strategy for Ground Combat Vehicle To Maintain An Affordable Program
These efforts will mount a full and open competition at Milestone B in 2014, the next major decision point in the program. The revised strategy calls for selection of a single vendor for the engineering and manufacturing development and manufacture phases of the program.
The six month extension to the technology development phase of contractors Will Provide opportunity year to mature vehicle designs, while the Army finalizes GCV Requirements, Prior to the upcoming milestone B decision. This milestone marks the spot Where the GCV program will initiate critical design and testing activities in anticipation of vehicle production.
The Army's strategy Prior Called competition for vendors Among falling on two phases of the thesis GCV program. Citing Budgetary Pressures projected over the 2014-2018 fiscal period, the department's decision to revise the strategy development Ensures That an affordable program meets the Army's critical needs for a new infantry fighting vehicle.
Since A milestone was approved two years ago, the Army refined HAS vigorously GCV Requirements To Provide industry the maximum ranks of Flexibility in Developing vehicle designs while Constraining cost and technical risk.
Contractor efforts Have Informed the Army's understanding of Planned technical capabilities and the Army HAS Formally Assessed Existing and alternative developmental vehicles. These Measures Have Confirmed the Army's need to GCV based on economic development of affordable and executable requirements. The exchange in the GCV strategy Reflect has continued emphasis on long-term affordability Within the program.
The Army Remains Firmly Committed to the success of the GCV program to Provide needed protection and mobility to Soldiers. The new direction allows the Army to take positive steps to Ensure delivery of this much needed capability to the force.