The U.S. Army is one step closer to fielding a new Infantry Squad Vehicle (ISV) after naming three companies to develop prototypes, on August 23.
The competing teams for the program are Oshkosh Defense-Flyer team, GM Defense, and SAIC-Polaris team.
“The modernized vehicles will provide enhanced tactical mobility for an infantry brigade combat team to move quickly around the battlefield,” said Steven Herrick, Ground Mobility Vehicle product lead, U.S. Army Program Executive Office Combat Service & Combat Service Support, adding the vehicles will have ability for “repositioning operations to provide commanders greater freedom of movement and action.”
In February 2019, the Army approved a procurement objective and plans to purchase 649 ISVs. The new vehicle should be able to carry a squad of up to nine troops and associated combat equipment with a payload capacity of 5,000 lbs.
The scheduled delivery date for all three competing teams is Nov. 13, at Aberdeen Test Center in Maryland for initial assessment.
Upon their arrival at the Maryland Proving Ground, all designs will compete in several performance, operational, and characteristics tests. Evaluations are scheduled to run through December. Following their early trials, the vehicles will be moved to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, to undergo their second round of testing. Once there, they will be subject to operationalized assessments through a series of tests on how effective the prototypes work for Soldiers.
The Army plans to down select one company for production in the second quarter of fiscal year 2020. In total, the U.S. Army plans to procure 651 vehicles and associated hardware and services between fiscal years 2020 and 2024.