Armor & Mobility

SEP-OCT 2016

Military magazines in the United States and Canada, covering Armor and Mobility, focuses on tactical vehicles, C4ISR, Special Operations Forces, latest soldier equipment, shelters, and key DoD programs

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for different mission roles, capabilities, and survivability requirements. Across the fleet, we know we need to continue incrementally modernizing our vehicles, and recent analyses demonstrated that mature, commercial technologies exist that can allow us to gain back system payload and performance without sacrificing protection or the power Soldiers need to meet increasing demands for C4ISR systems. The Army is now prepared to begin a competition for a series of Engineering Change Proposals (ECPs) to upgrade our current design and the begin producing the next generation of FMTVs—leveraging competition and focusing on affordability. This effort is intended to rebalance the Iron Triangle (protection, payload, performance) and restore performance while decreasing the burden placed on Soldiers driving the truck. At the same time, we want to plan smartly for future demands by providing a margin for growth in engine power, electrical power, and payload, as well as incorporating essential safety technologies. Specifically, we seek for the FMTV A2 to incorporate: • A higher capacity suspension, addressing weight capacity and ride quality concerns. The improved suspension will support protection/survivability enhancements, improved ride quality and increased reliability. • Integrated electronic stability control (ESC), which along with the anti-lock braking system (ABS) increases safety and stability. • Underbody protection, which has already been tested and proven that it can provide improved protection in possible contingency environments. • A higher output 24V alternator, which reduces complexity and simplifies troubleshooting, along with an upgraded data bus to enable units to integrate improved driver safety capabilities and provide for condition-based maintenance. FMTVs for the Long Term Of course, even as we begin this effort we also recognize that many of the Army's current FMTVs and FMTV-variants—used for both transportation and as part of other systems like HIMARS—will be in the fleet requiring sustainment for years to come. Managing the fleet we have is essential to today's Army, including obsolescence challenges as vehicles age. Intelligently divesting of older trucks and making smart decisions about a balance of armored, armor-capable, and non-armored vehicles in the fleet is essential to effective program management over the long term. Working with a top-notch team of civilian and military professionals, the MTV team is committed to providing the best for America's Soldiers. PM MTV has a wealth of knowledge and experience with tactical wheeled vehicles and works diligently to build relationships across our stakeholders. The team maintains a keen eye on the future by developing strategies for the A2 program, maintaining the correct fleet model mix, sustaining the legacy fleet through the life cycle, and looking to future technologies for continued product improvement like active safety technologies. They continue to amaze me by finding intelligent and innovative ways to leverage resources, build consensus, and implement real solutions that ultimately benefit the Soldier and accomplish the mission. PM MTV has truly made a positive and lasting impact on the tactical wheeled vehicle community and will continue to do so for decades to come. VICTORY THROUGH MOBILITY The U.S. Army's Ground Mobility Vehicle (GMV) program is designed to be a "better boot" and give Soldiers greater speed and agility as they move around the battlefield. By Kevin Hunter, A&M Editor Today, Soldiers assigned to an Infantry Brigade Combat Team (IBCT) have one primary mode of transportation when first deployed for a contingency: boots. Until the Army's transportation units arrive, which can be challenging in a combat environment, our Soldiers are on foot. The Ground Mobility Vehicle program is really designed to be a "better boot" and give Soldiers greater speed and agility as they move around the battlefield. That enables them to better seize the initiative and close more rapidly on their objectives with shorter exposure to potential threats. FILLING A SQUAD MOBILITY GAP The Army initiated the GMV program to fill a significant mobility gap facing our IBCTs today, by allowing a nine-Soldier infantry squad to move themselves and their basic equipment around the battlefield more quickly. Our requirements outline a vehicle that can fit inside a CH-47 (and most fixed-wing aircraft) or be sling-loaded beneath a UH-60. That gives us more flexibility for entry options and should allow the Army to insert GMVs into contingency environments where we just can't get a wheeled vehicle today. In doing so, it's an important part of countering "anti-access" strategies, because it gives us more options and it gives the adversary more dilemmas-ultimately giving commanders greater freedom of maneuver and action. Mobility and maneuver really are the focus of the GMV program, and enhancing our ability to move is essential to making sure we can achieve surprise on an objective with less risk from potential threats. For the last decade, our Army has focused on protection primarily in terms of armor solutions. For GMV, armoring is not the focus, but what we're doing is adding a capability that gives commanders an expanded range of vehicle options and ultimately, more maneuver space. ON SCHEDULE, ON BUDGET Today the program is positioned to move forward, thanks to a diligent effort to coordinate across stakeholders in the requirements, resources, and sustainment communities. Army programs require both requirements and resources before a program office can really move forward with a procurement. In order to get the Ground Mobility Vehicle to Soldiers as rapidly as possible, we have consistently and actively reached out with other stakeholders to compress the necessary requirements activities. That way, we can be ready as soon as funding is appropriated. Along similar lines, GMV is intended as a commercial procurement with minor modifications, not a development program, so we expect to evaluate the best value of available solutions that can be delivered to Soldiers quickly. Currently, we remain on schedule to release a request for proposals in the first quarter of fiscal year 2017, and award a contract in the third quarter, following the appropriation of funding. More info: September/October 2016 | Armor & Mobility | 9 GROUND TACTICAL UPDATE: FMTV

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