SAIC continues efforts for Army contract

Jan. 21, 2011 at 12:51 PM
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MCLEAN, Va., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- An industry team led by Virginia's SAIC is continuing efforts to for work on a U.S. infantry fighting vehicle development program.

Science Applications International Corp. ad submitted a proposal for technology development work in May but the Army later rescinded its Request for Proposal. The Army has since issued a new Request for Proposal for its Ground Combat Vehicle program.

"GCV is of vital importance to our nation as it will be the first combat vehicle designed to be adaptable to the full range of military operations, while protecting our soldiers from current and emerging threats," said Deborah Alderson, SAIC group president. "Our offer continues to focus on delivering a newer, highly survivable, more lethal, off-road IFV than previous offerings we know of."

The SAIC-led team includes Boeing, Krauss-Maffei Wegmann and Rheinmetall Defense. The group, called Team Full Spectrum, is proposing a vehicle it says is well-positioned to meet the Army's accelerated development needs because of its MGV and Puma heritage.

The Puma is the only production-ready IFV designed from the ground up since Sept. 11, 2001, and incorporates features developed from operational knowledge resulting from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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