Army scrubs vehicle contract solicitation

Aug. 26, 2010 at 10:36 AM
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WASHINGTON, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- The U.S. Army has canceled the original contract solicitation for its Ground Combat Vehicle program.

The service said the decision follows a review by the Army and the Office of Secretary of Defense, Acquisition, Technology and Logistics as part of a continuing effort to ensure that all Army acquisitions effectively and affordably meet the needs of troops.

"Based on … recommendations, the Army, in consultation with OSD (AT&L), determined that withdrawing and revising the RFP was the most prudent means of ensuring long-term programmatic success," the Army said in a news release. "Details of the specific RFP changes are still being finalized. The Army anticipates issuing the new solicitation within the next 60 days."

The Army said the review recommended that the Army "prioritize the planned vehicle's capabilities to meet achievable goals within the program's acquisition schedule."

The Army also decided that it must rely on mature technologies to reduce significant developmental risk over a 7-year schedule following the initial contract award.

DefenseNews, quoting an unidentified industry source, said the Army's decision was spurred by internal differences over the performance requirements for the new vehicles.

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